Sharps and Non-Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste

By combining two major waste streams in one reusable container, Stericycle’s Comingle Solution increases nursing efficiency, quality of patient care, and your sustainability achievements.

One Container for Sharps and Non-Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste 

Stericycle’s Comingle program increases efficiency, safety and compliance for your Nursing and Environmental Services teams by reducing time spent in disposal of non-hazardous (non-RCRA) pharmaceutical waste and utilizing Stericycle technicians in full-service container management.

  • Efficiently dispose of sharps and ~95% of pharmaceutical waste at the point of administration
  • Improve quality of patient care and satisfaction by allowing nurses more time at bedside
  • Decrease safety and compliance risks related to pharmaceutical waste disposal
  • Reduce your hospital’s carbon footprint with reusable containers and ensure pharmaceutical waste does not contaminate the environment

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An Innovative, Efficient, and Compliant One-Container Solution 

Improved Nursing and Quality of Care

  • Increase focus on driving positive patient outcomes with nurses having more time at the patient’s bedside
  • Remove nursing burden related to leaving patient room to dispose of non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste
  • Streamline waste disposal with an easy process by combining sharps and the majority of pharmaceutical waste in one easily identified blue container

Increased Safety and Compliance

  • Eliminate safety and compliance risks of improper pharmaceutical waste disposal in red sharps containers (No Meds in Reds)
  • Decrease risk of needle sticks with Stericycle Service Technicians proactively monitoring and exchanging containers
  • Utilize Stericycle’s industry-leading regulatory expertise to help train and support your staff      

Support of Sustainability Goals

  • Utilize reusable containers that divert 600 disposable containers from landfill for every reusable blue container in service 
  • Mitigate pharmaceutical contamination of the environment, entering waterways and potentially your community’s drinking water

Waste Identification

  • Stericycle’s proprietary database of more than 450,000 National Drug Codes (NDCs) to cross reference with your facility’s formulary for waste characterization and efficient, compliant disposal
  • Waste characterization report includes EPA and/or state waste codes, identification of NIOSH hazardous drugs, controlled substances; and provides DOT shipping information
  • Supports regulatory compliance with federal, state, and local waste management regulations

Seamless Implementation

  • One-for-one exchange of red sharps containers to blue Comingle containers and removal of applicable non-hazardous pharmaceutical containers
  • Industry-leading, specialized training on how to handle and properly segregate hazardous and non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste
  • Comprehensive instructional materials provided prior to transition and throughout the program
  • Uniquely colored blue containers, in a variety of sizes with proper labeling to identify non-hazardous disposal

Improved Nursing and Quality of Care

  • Increase focus on driving positive patient outcomes with nurses having more time at the patient’s bedside
  • Remove nursing burden related to leaving patient room to dispose of non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste
  • Streamline waste disposal with an easy process by combining sharps and the majority of pharmaceutical waste in one easily identified blue container

Increased Safety and Compliance

  • Eliminate safety and compliance risks of improper pharmaceutical waste disposal in red sharps containers (No Meds in Reds)
  • Decrease risk of needle sticks with Stericycle Service Technicians proactively monitoring and exchanging containers
  • Utilize Stericycle’s industry-leading regulatory expertise to help train and support your staff      

Support of Sustainability Goals

  • Utilize reusable containers that divert 600 disposable containers from landfill for every reusable blue container in service 
  • Mitigate pharmaceutical contamination of the environment, entering waterways and potentially your community’s drinking water

Waste Identification

  • Stericycle’s proprietary database of more than 450,000 National Drug Codes (NDCs) to cross reference with your facility’s formulary for waste characterization and efficient, compliant disposal
  • Waste characterization report includes EPA and/or state waste codes, identification of NIOSH hazardous drugs, controlled substances; and provides DOT shipping information
  • Supports regulatory compliance with federal, state, and local waste management regulations

Seamless Implementation

  • One-for-one exchange of red sharps containers to blue Comingle containers and removal of applicable non-hazardous pharmaceutical containers
  • Industry-leading, specialized training on how to handle and properly segregate hazardous and non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste
  • Comprehensive instructional materials provided prior to transition and throughout the program
  • Uniquely colored blue containers, in a variety of sizes with proper labeling to identify non-hazardous disposal

Nondisruptive Installation and Transition to a Full-Service Program

  • Waste Identification

  • Staff Training and Education

  • Containers and Labeling Provided

  • Transport and Destruction

A Fully Comprehensive Sharps and Pharmaceutical Waste Program 

Integrate Stericycle’s Comingle program with our hazardous pharmaceutical waste service for safe and compliant disposal of your hazardous (RCRA) pharmaceutical waste. Further, incorporate Stericycle’s CsRx® Controlled Substance Waste Service to complete your pharmaceutical waste management needs and keep your healthcare organization safe and compliant while protecting  the environment. 

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