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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Citiwaste provides pharmaceutical waste disposal services that are simple to implement, environmentally safe, compliant with federal, state and local regulations, flexible in pickup frequency, and affordable. We ensure that all unused medication and chemical residues are securely transported and properly incinerated in a licensed facility, so no hazardous material winds up in landfills or the human water supply.

Citiwaste pharmaceutical waste management strategies in New York and New Jersey are leading the way for better environmental stewardship. As a leader in your community, you can set a good example for waste categorization and disposal, while reducing your risk of penalization and the hefty costs you may be currently paying with another waste management company.

Pharmaceutical waste disposal regulations

Pharmaceutical waste management has operated under increasingly strict mandates since the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Hospital pharmacies generally stock anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 different medications, all of which must be evaluated with regard to state and federal waste regulations. Medical professionals generally do not receive enough training to ensure they are complying with the complex maze of protocols, which could put your facility at risk for serious violations and hefty penalties, including fines ranging from $40,000 to $280,000.

You could be at risk of violating state and federal regulations for proper waste disposal if:

  • Medications like warfarin and nicotine are being combined with other nonhazardous waste
  • Bulk amounts of chemotherapy in vials, IVs or syringes are disposed of in yellow "Chemo Waste" bins
  • Unused IVs and other compounded fluids are being dumped down the drains
  • Pharmaceutical products are ending up in red sharps containers

Given recent news reports on surface, ground and drinking water contamination with hazardous materials, there is increased public pressure placed on regulatory agencies to enforce the law. USEPA Region 2 has been particularly aggressive in inspecting and enforcing the law in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Don't get caught for noncompliance! Call Citiwaste to evaluate your current protocol and implement industry best practices for pharmaceutical waste disposal that meets all necessary standards.

What is pharmaceutical waste?

Pharmaceutical waste is generated through compounding, discarding outdated medications, IV preparation, spills or breakage, and disposing of partially-used vials, syringes and IV's. These agents are classified into the following categories:

  • P-list (acutely toxic chemicals): Waste containing more than 3% of Arsenic Trioxide, Nicotine, Physostigmine, or Warfarin must be incinerated at a licensed facility, with the pharmaceutical container also regarded as waste.
  • U-list (toxic chemicals): Waste containing 10% or more of Chloral Hydrate, Chlorambucil, Cyclophosphamide, Melphalan, Phenol, Cepastat Lozenges, Chloraseptic Spray, Reserpine, Selenium Sulfide, Mitomycin and Daunomycin must be incinerated at a licensed facility.
  • D-list (ignitable, corrosive, reactive, heavy metal products): More than 30 different materials - from Clindamycin and Hurricane Gel to Prednisone and Potassium Hydroxide - must be collected in separate bins and kept separate from landfills where they may come into contact with groundwater.
  • PharmEcology drugs (endocrine disruptors, marine pollutants, carcinogenics, immunosuppressives): Drugs containing Estrogen, Oxytocin, Ketamine, Clotrimazole and others must be incinerated.

Pharmaceutical waste must be disposed of in five separate, government-approved containers:

  • Black bin #1 - P-list drugs/containers, D-list drugs, U-list drugs, ignitable liquids, bulk chemo, PharmEcology drugs, syringes containing unused hazardous drugs
  • Black bin #2 - Aerosols, Corrosive acids/bases, Oxidizers
  • Blue/white bin - Nonhazardous drugs; glass and plastic vials
  • Yellow bin - Trace chemo vials, tubes, syringes and IV bags; contaminated gowns, gloves and wipes
  • Red bin - ALL empty syringes, except those containing unused P-list and hazardous drugs

Get started with pharmaceutical waste management

Citiwaste services include:

  • Comprehensive training programs to educate staff on proper pharmaceutical waste disposal practices
  • Delivery of specially designed pharmaceutical waste containers that meet state and federal regulations
  • Resource guides and flyers to use in your organization to assist with proper waste classification
  • Trained drivers who arrive on a flexible pickup schedule to haul all pharmaceutical waste from your facility
  • Proper disposal of your waste that complies with EPA, DOT, DEA, OSHA, POTW & TJC standards
  • Continued customer support to have any and all questions answered and maintain compliance over time

Why choose Citiwaste to manage your pharmaceutical waste?

Citiwaste has been helping customers comply with government regulations and develop integrated pharmaceutical waste solutions in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania facilities since 2006. We understand the seriousness of proper disposal and your need to work with a company you can trust, who gets the job done right the first time.

Citiwaste works with:

  • Hospitals
  • Pathology Labs
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Dermatologists
  • Oral Surgeons
  • Surgery Centers
  • Medical Testing Labs

From Rockland and Westchester to Orange and Dutchess County, Citiwaste leads the pack in pharmaceutical waste management with superior customer service. Arrange for daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, or on-call waste disposal - whatever works for you!

Citiwaste understands that every cent counts. That's why we offer pharmaceutical waste disposal with:

  • No service charge
  • No fuel charge
  • No environment charge
  • No hidden fees!

Call 877-535-CITI (2484) for a free estimate.
We look forward to helping you take environmentally friendly action, while retaining maximum value for your business.

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Medical waste disposal done right.

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