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Lead Apron Disposal- How to Dispose or Recycle Your Old Apron

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Lead Apron Disposal and Recycling

Lead aprons are beat up and dirtied on a daily basis. You know that lead is a toxic substance; you can’t throw it in the garbage like regular trash. Lead is known to contaminate the air and penetrate soils.

There comes a point where you can’t use your lead apron anymore, but what do you do then? To keep your facility environmentally friendly and stay within accreditation requirements, you should always dispose of aprons properly.

There are a couple methods for lead apron disposal and recycling. First you want to check your state and local requirements for hazardous material disposal. Your state may have special regulations on how to dispose of lead aprons, and you want to ensure your facility is abiding by those guidelines. Once you have verified your local requirements there are several methods of disposal/recycling.

Methods of Lead Apron Disposal

  1. Donation- If your apron is still usable and passes inspection, it may be a good option to look for charitable organizations to donate them to. For example in Virginia, the department of health (VDH) shows instructions for disposal and gives a list of organizations that can help. Consider donation if you don’t need the lead apron anymore but would like to get rid of it.
  2. Disposal Company- These companies essentially scrap and recycle the material in your apron. There are many services that can provide this service for you, try to find a local one or give us a call. If you buy one lead apron from Burlington Medical, we will dispose of one old lead apron for you in our one for one program. We can also dispose of your old apron for a fee. You can read more about our disposal program here.
  3. Burlington Medical’s RECOVERY program – We’re committed to stopping pollution that can result from lead aprons being disposed of improperly.  RECOVERY is a program that takes your old apron and makes it look like new again. Simply mail us your old apron and we will give it a new face for a fraction of the cost. We remove the old fabric and reuse the lead protective material underneath. We’ll then give it a fresh fabric covering and fasteners to make it like new. Consider RECOVERY if you would like to revive your apron, giving it a second life.

All of these options are good ways to get rid of your old lead aprons. Consider your needs and then evaluate the present condition of the apron. If you need a brand new apron, we have tons of options available on our lead aprons page.

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