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I have 41 pounds of it. Its a lot to throw away because it does have some value.

I don't want to keep it because I will never use it.


No, you can't just throw it away, that's highly illegal because it would be considered toxic waste. 


Follow the link Min supplied about the laws and regulations for safely and legally disposing lead

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About 10 years ago I found I had a new unopened 50# bag from the 70's of white lead. My guess is I got this bag when buying out a few potters in the 70's and 80's when I got everything they had.

I just waited for a toxic disposal day in our area and took it along with some paints-cost was $5 per car load.

You should deal with this like that as its a hazard to the environment and not be tossed or sold.

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I'm sure that this isn't what you wanted/expected to hear, and I'm sorry that you will be dealing with potentially unanticipated costs and liabilities.  Hopefully, you will be able to find a safe, legal and inexpensive disposal option.  


This should serve as a general reminder that we need to know and understand the consequences/risks before purchasing any known and unknown chemicals/glazes.  Once we insert ourselves into the chain of ownership, we become responsible for the proper storage, handling, transportation and disposal of these products.  Do your due diligence and do not buy other people's problems! 



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Why use lead when there are so many nice recipes available that are lead free? It seems an unnecessary risk of exposure to yourself, your equipment, possibly someone down the road who doesn't know the piece is non-functional. It made for some really nice low fire glazes but unless you're creating a historically accurate vessel down to the materials, I can't think of anything else it would be useful for, it's highly toxic.

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Just out of curiosity, how do I recognize lead in a particular scenario?

I bought a lot of old stuff from a potter with my kiln, and while I think it is highly unlikely she used lead, I would like to know what it looks like.  Actually, there are some materials I don't know what they are, so I'm not using them.

PS: The lady is dead. And her nephew (the guy who sold me the stuff) doesn't know much about it. 

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