Frequent Questions

Aren't some pharmaceutical wastes considered hazardous waste?

 

Yes, under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste management regulations, a very small percentage of pharmaceuticals on the market are considered hazardous waste when they are disposed of. In addition, some state environmental regulatory agencies regulate additional pharmaceutical wastes as hazardous that may not be regulated by EPA. A waste is considered hazardous if it is either specifically listed as a hazardous waste by EPA or the waste exhibits a characteristic of a hazardous waste. For more information, please visit: www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/management-pharmaceutical-hazardous-waste.

 

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