Elemental lead from leaded aprons and other protective devices (e.g., leaded thyroid shields) is a leachable toxin that can contaminate soil and groundwater in landfill sites if these items are disposed of as non-hazardous office waste. Unwanted leaded aprons and collars must be treated as hazardous waste. Have an approved hazardous waste transporter deliver unwanted leaded safety devices to an approved hazardous waste management facility for recycling or disposal.18
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