Disposing of X-Ray Equipment in Texas
Before you remove an X-ray machine from service consider contacting a commercial X-ray assembler to disable, disassemble, and dispose of the equipment for you. These companies sell, repair, purchase, and dispose of X-ray equipment. They can be found in any Yellow Pages under “X-ray equipment suppliers” or “X-ray equipment repair.”
To dispose of X-ray equipment properly, you must follow these steps:
Disabling the Unit
Do not smash the X-ray tube. The X-ray tube is under vacuum. If you break it, you might be injured by flying glass fragments.
To disable an X-ray unit:
- Remove the head from the unit.
- If the unit has an electric cord, cut the cord off.
Checking Components for PCBs
If your X-ray system was manufactured before 1979, then the transformers and capacitors in it might contain oil made with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Before disposing of these machines, you (the owner) must have them tested for PCB content.
The concentration of PCBs detected in the analysis will determine your options for disposing of each component. For guidance in disposing of PCB wastes in Texas, see Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Wastes: Disposal and Recycling.
Disposing of Disassembled X-Ray Units
The components of most X-ray units may be disposed of in a municipal landfill. You should contact your local waste management contractor to make sure they will accept the unit. You may wish to sell the metal components for scrap.
For more information about properly managing solid waste, see our Web page on Municipal Solid Waste.
If you have further questions concerning the testing or disposal of PCBs, call:
- the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region VI office (214/665-7579)
- the EPA’s PCB Hot Line (202/554-1404)
- the EPA’s PCB office in Washington (202/566-0514)
or go to the EPA’s PCB Web page.
Contact us if you have any questions.