Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

We are a licensed contractor for the proper management of any pharmaceutical product that is designated for disposal, no longer used as intended or unable to be returned to the manufacturer.


“The Orthopaedic Center has 21 locations across Alabama and Tennessee, and TriHaz Solutions has managed our medical waste for several years. They are very responsive – “Johnny-on-the-spot” whenever I need to add a service or have a question! Before TriHaz, we had to use several vendors for our different locations, and with their bundled services, we can include secure document destruction. This is much more efficient, with one pickup and one invoice. Plus, we have no worries about compliance since our waste is being properly transported, treated, and disposed.” 

Jeremy Gaertner
Clinical Director, The Orthopaedic Center (TOC)

Why Our Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Company?

Highly Qualified

Our team is highly qualified and has the experience to get the job done right. With years of experience, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you with your specific needs.

Reliability & Safety

When you work with TriHaz Solutions as your pharmaceutical waste disposal service you’re working with a reliable partner who can help you reduce risk for your patients and employees.

Compliance Training

We offer staff compliance training for your staff regarding OSHA, DOT, and HIPAA. This is important to ensure that your staff is up-to-date on the latest medical waste compliance regulations.

Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

TriHaz Solutions specializes in pharmaceutical waste disposal by practicing compliant removal, treatment, and management of pharmaceutical waste. TriHaz Solutions’ mission is to ensure the proper disposal of pharmaceutical waste to protect public health and the environment.

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Are You Properly Handling Pharmaceutical Waste?​

Almost every medical office has some type of pharmaceutical waste. From pills, injectables and antibiotics to creams/lotions, eye drops and expired meds – there are many pharmaceuticals on the market, today. Plus, this category of waste is one of the more complex in terms of the regulations and procedures that govern its proper segregation and disposal . . . and with good reason! Pharma waste, particularly listed waste, has the potential to be very harmful to people, animals, and the environment. Disposal regulations ensure that active ingredients are deactivated or destroyed and that all accompanying materials are disposed of properly. Perhaps, it’s time to take a hard look at your facility’s procedures and ask: “Are we correctly managing pharmaceutical waste?” Non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste should never be placed in sharps or regulated medical waste containers. Loose pills should never be placed in biohazard waste containers. Compliance mistakes can lead to fines, lawsuits, and other serious legal consequences. For example, a Wisconsin hospital was fined $360,000 for mishandling pharmaceutical waste. We can help set up your pharmaceutical waste management program to ensure compliance and to make sure that your waste is handled in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.

What are the Disposal Methods for Pharmaceuticals?

When disposing of pharmaceuticals, the most recommended approach is utilizing medication take-back programs offered by communities, pharmacies, or healthcare providers. Alternatively, the DEA authorizes certain collectors, including retail and clinic pharmacies or law enforcement, for safe disposal. Mail-back programs also provide a secure method for sending medications to disposal facilities. Certain medications can be discarded in household trash if these options aren’t available, but they should first be mixed with substances like dirt or coffee grounds and sealed in a container. Flushing is only advised for a small number of specific medications listed by the FDA due to their potential harm if ingested accidentally. For pharmaceuticals classified as hazardous waste, they should be disposed of at designated hazardous waste facilities or during community hazardous waste collection events. Always follow local regulations for pharmaceutical disposal and avoid sharing unused medications, as this can be unsafe and illegal.

How is Pharmaceutical Waste Destroyed?

Pharmaceutical waste is primarily destroyed through high-temperature incineration, which effectively breaks down chemical structures, rendering them inactive and controlling emissions. Alternative methods include chemical digestion, where chemicals neutralize active ingredients, and encapsulation, where waste is encased in solid materials like plastic or cement for secure landfill disposal. Inertization mixes waste with materials to make it non-reactive, while advanced plasma pyrolysis uses high-energy plasma to break down compounds into non-hazardous substances. The choice of method depends on the waste type, regulatory requirements, and environmental considerations, especially for high-risk drugs like cytotoxics, ensuring safe disposal and preventing environmental contamination.

What Are The 2 Types of Pharmaceutical Waste?

Pharmaceutical waste is categorized into two main types: Hazardous and Non-Hazardous. Hazardous pharmaceutical waste includes materials that pose a significant risk to human health or the environment, such as certain chemotherapy agents and regulated substances like nicotine replacement therapies. These require strict handling and are often incinerated in specialized facilities. Non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste, on the other hand, encompasses substances that don’t meet hazardous criteria, including most over-the-counter medications and non-hazardous prescription drugs. Though less risky, this type of waste still demands careful disposal, usually in landfills after being rendered non-recoverable through methods like encapsulation or inertization, to prevent environmental contamination and misuse. Proper classification and disposal of these wastes are essential for environmental safety and regulatory compliance.

How Do You Deal With Pharmaceutical Waste?

Dealing with pharmaceutical waste effectively involves identifying and segregating hazardous and non-hazardous wastes right at the source, using properly labeled containers for containment, and storing them in designated, secure areas. Disposal must adhere to local regulations, with hazardous waste typically requiring incineration at specialized facilities and non-hazardous waste often being disposed of in landfills after being rendered non-recoverable. Maintaining accurate documentation is crucial for regulatory compliance, and staff handling such waste should be well-trained in appropriate disposal methods. Additionally, pharmaceutical take-back programs can be utilized for certain types of waste, and consultation with waste management experts is advised for any uncertainties in waste classification or disposal procedures, ensuring safety and legal compliance in pharmaceutical waste management.

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