ethidiumbromide fate

Sam Lee samuel.lee at
Thu Mar 12 21:03:51 EST 1998

At the University of Toronto, we are required to place ethidium
bromide-contaminated buffers into containers and take them to a hazardous
materials disposal depot. As in the UK, I believe that it is also illegal in
Canada to dump ethidium bromide into sinks.


Peter Schuchert wrote:
> we routinely put ethidiumbromide into our
> agarose gels, which migrates then out of the gel
> during electrophoresis.
> Does anybody know what happens to the ethidiumbromide
> afterwards?
> Is it electrolysed?
> How do other dispose of the buffer?
> Peter
> remove NOSPAM for replying

samuel.lee at

Department of Pharmacology
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

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