[Pharmwaste] Drug Terminator

Volkman, Jennifer (MPCA) jennifer.volkman at state.mn.us
Mon Jun 18 17:35:44 EDT 2012

These units can't be operated in MN because they cannot meet our air quality permit requirements--or it would be cost prohibitive to meet them. We've never gotten to the ash discussion because of this. They should be able to send you ash test results if they are certain enough to actually swear about it? I'm guessing any mercury content would go out the stack and there could be a few RCRA metals in the ash, maybe barium, chromium, selenium from vitamins and various other drugs. I don't know that any other metals are used commonly in pharms.

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From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Terri Buckner
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 3:25 PM
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Subject: [Pharmwaste] Drug Terminator


Our police department wants to purchase a portable incinerator called the Drug Terminator. The product sheet says the incinerator will reduce the drugs down to 1-2% ash. When I spoke with the sales person at one of the distributors, he swore the ash is non-toxic and can be thrown into the trash. I'm being skeptical. Does anyone else have one of these? Do you consider the ash to be non-toxic?

Thanks, Terri
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