Lead Acetate Disposal Question

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Post by hemi » Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:41 am

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hemi wrote:WTF is a tire shop going to do with lead acetate?
Send it to Haz-Mat like everything else they have. :roll:

Tire shops deal with a lot of hazardous materials just like your local auto repair places.
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Post by 5mmgunguy » Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:22 pm

Do not dump down the swer, turn in to haz mat for proper disposal.

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Post by gdragon » Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:18 pm

hemi wrote:WTF is a tire shop going to do with lead acetate?
Rub it on their sore nipples. Duh.

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Re: Lead Acetate Disposal Question

Post by battlecreek » Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:02 am

I had to deal with a lot of unknown hazardous waste at my work. After getting profiled, it is dealt with in one of three ways. The waste is either buried, burned or diluted. with respect to lead acetate, i'm only speculating it would be diluted. You could evaporate it down then mix it with old latex paint. Mark it lead paint and take it to the hazmat people.

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Re: Lead Acetate Disposal Question

Post by doubloon » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:14 am

There are a couple threads floating around the forum about precipitating the lead in solid form from the lead acetate solution to make it safer to handle.

Other than playing chem major with dangerous chemicals the best idea for disposal would seem to be to hand it over in a sealed and labeled container to a disposal unit. I see no compelling need to evaporate it or mix it with anything before handing it over.
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Re: Lead Acetate Disposal Question

Post by eastern_hunter » Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:00 pm

Organic lead (like lead acetate) is VERY toxic and is easily absorbed by living things! Be VERY careful in handling it!!!!

Lead chloride, however, is not very soluble and easily precipitated from the liquid solution of lead acetate and water. Just add table salt ... make sure you use enough that precipitation is complete. Then filter out the lead chloride. Now you have a solid that is much safer to handle, store, and get to hazmat.


(yes, I am a Ph.D. chemist. This is a learning from freshman chemistry lab.)

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