Disposal of spilled powder

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  1. Luke2236

    Luke2236
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    How should I dispose of powder that I have spilled on the ground. It is contaminated now so I don't want to use it but I am not sure what the proper way is for disposal. Can someone help me out? Thank you.


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  2. PaulZ

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    sweep it up and throw in on the lawn
     
  3. PBinWA

    PBinWA
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    +1 Makes good fertilizer.
     
  4. ogre

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    My rose bushes love the stuff.
     
  5. Nwcid

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    Save it up and make some nice sparklers for the 4th of July.

    Use it on the lawn.
     
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  6. Velzey

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    I toss it on the burn pile!!!
     
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  7. bballer182

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    Line it up on concrete outside and light it.
     
  8. errackeleo

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    the nitrates make lawn green.
     
  9. deadshot2

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    I just flush what little I have that spills. Just flush a couple times to make sure it makes it all the way to the main sewer. If on a septic tank, it's right at home with all the other stuff in the tank. Won't explode.
     
  10. SynapticSilence

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    I had a friend who vacuumed it with a canister vacuum that had an electrically powered sweeper head. Once.
     
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  11. Swedish K

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    Was his name Johnny Dangerously? :bluelaugh:
     
  12. CatCow

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    Grab a match...
     
  13. deadshot2

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    Years ago there was a canister vac that used water to trap the dust. The name was "Rainbow". If anyone bought one of these expensive units it would be great for picking up spilled powder.

    I use a Shop Vac Mini all the time to keep powder particles from accumulating around my work area. I added a paper filter bag to it so anything the enters it is trapped in the paper bag and doesn't go anywhere near the motor. I just change out the bag regularly.

    I don't care how careful one is, there are always a few granules that escape. Load a few thousand rounds in a session and they add up. Keeping the accumulation to a bare minimum is important and this small vac does the job.
     
  14. rmlarsen

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    Lawn fertilizer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  15. Straight Shooter

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    (Funny voice) I sweep it up and put it in a can of mixed powders I have marked as, "Party Mix". I use it for my free loading friends for practice ammo. Just mix it well and use data for the fastest powder you have in there. Works great. Not!!! Just throw it on the lawn.
     
  16. HappyRoman

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    if you have enough, 1/4-1# sprinkle around your large trees on property. fruit trees like it to, scatter around drip pattern. Do not dump in a lump
     
  17. mjbskwim

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    So when you drop some primers and sweep up the floor,do you guys flush them too or toss 'em in the fire pit like me?
    And yes I do try to recover as many as possible.
     
  18. Straight Shooter

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    If I'm going to use them right away I recover them. I won't use them if they had dirt mixed in them.
     
  19. deadshot2

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    Ah, the things people will do to save $0.02. I do my best to just not drop primers and if I do, it goes in with all the other scrap brass.
     

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