Disposal of Boric Acid

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Boric acid occurs naturally as a component of many minerals, in sea water, many plants, and in almost all fruits. Industrial preparation of boric acid is done by treating borax with a mineral acid, such as muriatic acid. Boric acid, usually sold in the form of colorless crystals, finds uses as an antiseptic, flame retardant, insecticide and as a precursor for certain chemicals in industry.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety goggles
  • Lab coat
  • Particulate respirator
  • Shovel or scoop
  • Glass or plastic container
  • Put on a safety goggles, lab coat and a particulate respirator; where exposure to mist or dust is obvious. Use an air-supplied respirator when exposure levels are not known.

  • Shovel, sweep or scoop up boric acid and collect it in an appropriate glass or plastic container for disposal.

  • Dilute the sample with large amount of water and flush to sanitary sewer if you are disposing of a small amount of boric acid. Use landfill sites as well to dispose of small quantities of boric acid.

  • Consult local regulating authorities when dealing with large amounts of boric acid. Get proper advice from them since disposal rules vary a great deal from federal disposal regulations for different states. Manufacturers' boric acid material safety data sheet also recommend not spilling tonnage quantities to landfills.

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