Pharmaceutical Waste

Start Properly Disposing of Your Unused and Expired Medications Today!

“It is estimated that over 40 million Americans are affected by pharmaceutical contamination of drinking water. Subsequent testing has revealed that number to be roughly one in seven.”

Keeping Our Water Supply Clean Through Proper Waste Disposal

The EPA has identified a number of non-compliant disposal methods that can result in the entry of pharmaceutical compounds into water supplies. All too often, healthcare facilities incorrectly handle waste pharmaceuticals by flushing them down the drain, by placing them in their red bag medical waste, or by simply throwing them into their regular trash. All three routes expose the water supply to potential contamination, either through pharmaceuticals directly entering wastewater or through the leaching of waste materials after they are landfilled.

  • MCF will provide your facility with the proper DOT approved container
  • Place all pharmaceutical waste – Hazardous and Non-Hazardous – into the same container
  • No Segregation is required
  • All pharmaceutical waste will be incinerated at a licensed hazardous waste incinerator
  • No minimum shipments required
  • All necessary documentation provided by MCF to keep you in compliance
  • No monthly or annual fees

MCF’s Waste Pharmaceutical Program

  • MCF provides you with proper shipping containers
  • MCF generates your profiles and supply the proper paperwork for shipment
  • MCF will schedule, transport and dispose of your waste material

Why You Need To Dispose Of Your Pharmaceuticals Waste

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.

Waste items include:

  • Samples
  • Partial creams, vials or ointments
  • Repackaged products
  • Broken, spilled or damaged pharmaceuticals
  • Patient medication
  • Any drugs out of the manufacturer’s original container

Pharmaceutical waste cannot be picked up or
shipped to a reverse distributor

Fact: While still a great outlet for DEA Scheduled Controlled Substance, a reverse distributor is not permitted to transport or dispose of RCRA Hazardous pharmaceutical waste.

Let us help you get rid of your company's waste today.

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