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SAFE DISPOSAL OF OPTICAL FIBER FRAGMENTS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000024018D
Original Publication Date: 1979-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-01

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

To economically and safely dispose of the unwanted quartz and/or glass fiber residue which collects during the fabrication and repair of fiber optic devices and systems, the residue is deposited in a container 11 containing a bed of gravel 12, and the container 11 is then shaken to pulverize the fibers. That process yields a mixture of gravel and pulverized quartz/glass fibers which may be buried with minimal ecological risk.