Radioactive Sealed Source, Seed, & Nuclear Gauge, Dismantling/De-Housing, Disposal Services

ADCO Services is still able to dismantle and dispose of radioactive / nuclear sealed sources and gauges. Call for datails!!!


Check source disposalRadioactive / Nuclear gauges, seeds, tubes, sealed sources, and even leaking sources have been accepted for dismantling and/or de-housing, disposal or recycling, and/or transportation by ADCO Services since 1965 from customers in: New York City to San Francisco. Coast to coast, ADCO Services' central U.S. location in Chicago, IL allows ADCO to offer turnkey service for radioactive source disposal to the entire continental United States in a timely manner utilizing it's sister company, ADCOM Express, Inc.

ADCO Services is a hazardous waste disposal company that is capable of handling nearly every kind of radioactive source for disposal from: check sources and seeds, to industrial sized nuclear gauges, Alnor Dew Pointers, thickness gauges, flood sources, sheet sources, Filtec gauges, calibration sources, standards, Phantom sources, Brachytherapy needles/tubes/seeds, and many more sealed sources for dismantling by a licensed and certified technician, disposal, and/or transportation.

Some pieces of equipment such as: scintillation counters, thickness gauges, Dewpointers, and numerous pieces of equipment in the medical and industrial fields utilize radioactive sources and gauges to function in their daily duties. ADCO Services is the company that can aid you in your disposal efforts to have radioactive items such as the ones mentioned above; leak tested (Wipe Tested), dismantled, and removed from your facility, and transported to a licensed disposal facility allowing you to remove the sources from your radioactive materials license.


Radioactive source disposalProper permitting, surveying, wipe testing (leak testing), knowing what packaging to use to be U.S.D.O.T. compliant, exposure limits, paperwork preparation (NRC 540/541,542), and finding a licensed disposal facility to accept your sources can all be an overwhelming task, not to mention time limits that are set forth by state and federal agencies to possess your sources and ready them for final disposition. With over 40 years of experience in the proper paperwork preparation, licensing/permitting, packaging, surveying (leak testing), removal, transportation, and disposition of sealed sources and gauges; it's no wonder that over 10,000 generators of these items destined for disposal have contacted ADCO Services to aid them in their grueling task of disposing of their radioactive sources.

ADCO Services is licensed to transport your sealed sources and even leaking sources to a licensed processor where the sources will be removed from their housing units and re-packaged, reducing disposal volumes, meaning lower costs to you! ADCO Services will then send for recycling any remaining wastes such as lead pigs and steel housing units once it has been determined that the shielding has no radioactive contamination present by applying a rigorous survey and release program.


Some Of The Specialized Responsibilities For Disposal Of Sealed Sources Include:


Common Radioactive Source Types We Service For Disposal And Recycling:


Common Source Isotopes Accepted For Disposal:


Radionuclides Commonly Disposed Of Using ADCO Services, Inc. And The Industries They Are Used In:

Used in many smoke detectors for homes and businesses, also can be used in gauges that measure levels of toxic lead in dried paint samples, found in thickness gauges to ensure uniform thickness in rolling processes like steel and paper production, and to help determine where oil wells should be drilled.

Found in analyzers that analyze metal alloys for checking stock and scrap sorting.

Used to inspect airline luggage for hidden explosives, to gauge moisture content of soil in the road construction and building industries, and to measure the moisture of materials stored in soils.

Used as an important research tool. In pharmaceutical research it is used as a tracer to ensure that potential drugs are metabolized without forming harmful by-products. It is also used in biological research, agriculture, pollution control, and archeology.

Used to treat cancerous tumors, to measure correct patient dosages of radioactive pharmaceuticals, to measure and control the liquid flow in oil pipelines, to tell researchers whether oil wells are plugged by sand, and to ensure the right fill level for packages of food, drugs, and other products. (The products in these packages do not become radioactive.)

Used to sterilize surgical instruments, and to improve the safety and reliability of industrial fuel oil burners. Used in cancer treatment, food irradiation, gauges, and radiography.

Used in mining to analyze material excavated from pits and slurries from drilling operations.

Used to test the integrity of pipeline welds, boilers and aircraft parts and in brachytherapy/tumor irradiation.

Used to analyze electroplating solutions and to detect the presence of Sulphur in the air. Used in metabolism research.

Used in indicator lights in appliances such as clothes washers and dryers, stereos, and coffee makers; used to gauge the thickness of thin plastics and sheet metal, rubber, textiles and paper, and to measure dust and pollutant levels.

Used to detect explosives, and in voltage regulators and current surge protectors in electronic devices, and in electron capture detectors for gas chromatographs.

Has powered more than 20 NASA spacecraft since 1972.

Reduces the static charge in production of photographic film and other materials.

Used in electric blanket thermostats, and to gauge thickness of thin plastics, thin sheet metal, rubber, textile and paper.

Makes lighting rods more effective.

Used to locate leaks in industrial pipelines, and in oil well studies.

Used in survey meters by schools, the military and emergency management authorities. Also used in cigarette manufacturing sensors and medical treatment.

Measures the dust and pollutant levels on filter paper, and gauges the thickness of plastics, sheet metal, rubber, textiles, and paper.

Thoriated Tungsten (Th-232)
Used in electric arc welding rods in construction, aircraft, petrochemical and food processing equipment industries. These produce easier starting, greater arc stability, and less metal contamination.

Helps fluorescent lights last longer.

Provides coloring and fluorescence in colored glazes and glassware.

Tritium (H3)
Used in self-luminous aircraft and commercial exit signs, luminous dials, gauges, wrist watches to produce luminous paint, and for geological prospecting and hydrology.

Fuel for nuclear power plants and naval nuclear propulsion systems, and used to produce fluorescent glassware, a variety of colored glazes, and wall tiles.


Profiling Process for Radioactive Source Disposal

A generator who wants to dispose of any sealed sources into the Barnwell, SC site must possess a South Carolina Transport Permit for that site that the source is to be disposed of before ADCO Services, Inc. can authorize shipment of sources. ADCO Services, Inc. can assist generators with obtaining the proper South Carolina permits.


South Carolina Permit Application


ADCO Services, Inc. can also assist generators wishing to dispose of radioactive sources by supplying the proper U.S.D.O.T. approved shipping containers for transportation of the radioactive sources and the actual transportation of the waste itself.




Radioactive source disposalADCO Services, Inc. accepts a full spectrum of radioactive sources and gauges for disposal or transportation and utilizes a number of disposal sites for final disposal. With special arrangements, ADCO Services, Inc. can even accept leaking sealed sources for disposal and can provide source encapsulation into concrete, but please note that special form documentation is required and leak tests will need to be performed.

If you wish to obtain a quotation for the disposal of your sources please e-mail back your complete source disposal information form  







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