Pharmaceutical Waste

Reduce environmental and community impact associated with pharmaceutical waste by using a trusted disposal solution.

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25 Years' Experience Years’
2B of Regulated Waste Managed of Regulated
Waste Managed[2]
30M Pharmaceutical Waste Safely Disposed Pharmaceutical Waste
Safely Disposed [3]
99.5% On-time Service On-time
1M in Commercial Liability Protection in Commercial
Liability Protection[5]
A Leader of Regulated Waste Solutions

Pharmaceutical Waste Management

As the leader in healthcare waste management, Stericycle can help you with your pharmaceutical waste disposal and returns management by providing compliant returns and drug waste services.

Did you know?

  • A vast array of pharmaceuticals have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 Million Americans.*

  • 110 – Number of Americans that die every day from drug-related overdoses.**

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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Management

*Associated Press Study “Pharmawater I” — 2015

**”DEA Releases New Rules That Create Convenient But Safe and Secure Prescription Drug Disposal Options” — DEA, September 8, 2014

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Our Expertise Helps You be Compliant with Regulations

The disposal of pharmaceuticals and their components are regulated by federal and local regulations or laws. Understanding which regulations apply to you may depend on your type of business, your volume of waste, and the specific type of wastes. Stericycle’s programs are designed to meet the regulatory requirements that apply to you and the pharmaceutical waste you generate. We have developed simple pharmaceutical programs that help you identify your controlled substance wastes, hazardous wastes, and other drug wastes to make sure that each is disposed of properly.

Concern Over Proper Disposal of Pharmaceuticals

Based on our internal expert research, hundreds of clinical, peer-reviewed articles have documented the presence of pharmaceuticals or their constituents in drinking water and/or groundwater in the United States and other developed nations. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) mandates proper disposal of any drug that meets the criteria for being a hazardous waste.

Other pharmaceuticals that are not currently regulated under RCRA are often called non-RCRA hazardous pharmaceuticals. Best management practices encourage the disposal of pharmaceuticals that are non-RCRA hazardous waste by incineration at a facility permitted to accept non-RCRA hazardous pharmaceuticals.

These pharmaceuticals should not be placed into red bags or sharps containers as these may be treated by methods other than incineration. Segregation (separation) of these items into a dedicated non-RCRA pharmaceutical container, marked for incineration, helps to ensure proper disposal.

Additionally, California Department of Public Health requires the segregation and incineration of affected waste pharmaceuticals that are not federally regulated under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). These must be incinerated at a medical waste treatment facility.

Pharmaceutical Return Service

Stericycle Offers a Variety of Solutions for Waste Services, including:

Biohazardous Waste

Stericycle is a leader in providing waste transportation and disposal solutions for specialized and regulated waste streams.

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Controlled Substance Program

A safe and secure way to dispose of controlled substance waste.

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Integrated Waste Stream Solutions for Hospitals

Take the complexity and risk out of handling multiple waste streams in hospitals and major medical facilities with our integrated waste stream solutions.

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Rejected Cargo and APHIS Waste

Comply with USDA requirements related to wastes covered by Animal and Plant Inspection Services (APHIS).

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1) Founded in 1989, Stericycle has over 25 years of experience. 2) Based on 2014 data and includes both hazardous and medical waste. 3) Based on 2014 data, this includes pharmaceuticals from all customers including retailers. 4) Based on missed stops report for medical waste YTD through September 2016. 5) Based on June 2016 Commercial General Liability policy with a limit of $1M each occurrence.

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