Healthcare Professional Practices Services
Our Hazardous Drug Disposal Service Makes It Easy to Stay in Compliance with Federal and State Regulations
The disposal of waste pharmaceuticals is regulated by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, which is enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many common pharmaceuticals are hazardous under RCRA and therefore must be stored, transported, and disposed of in compliance with RCRA requirements.
Because pharmaceuticals can have different formulations, dosages and dispensing mechanisms depending on the manufacturer, there is no formal list of which pharmaceuticals are hazardous and which are not. Furthermore, many states choose to enact their own regulations concerning hazardous waste management that are more stringent than the federal requirements.
Last, pharmaceutical wastes, similar to all wastes, are subject to regulation not only by the EPA but also by the US Department of Transportation (US DOT), so generators must monitor how their waste is packaged and manifested after it leaves their facility.
Our Hazardous Drug Disposal Service Is Designed Exclusively for Nonacute Healthcare Settings
Our customers have shared with us their need for a SAFE, SIMPLE and COMPLIANT way to dispose of pharmaceutical waste without placing an undue burden on healthcare staff. In response, Stericycle has developed the Hazardous Drug Disposal Services (HDDS) program, which is designed specifically for nonacute healthcare facilities like dental offices, veterinary clinics, private practices, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and urgent care/community medical clinics.