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Waste Disposal 

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Pharmaceutical Waste Management 

For your business to stay compliant with Federal and Provincial regulations, your biomedical and pharmaceutical waste must be appropriately managed, contained, and transported by a licensed transporter to an approved licensed final disposal facility.

Pharmaceutical waste cannot be disposed of as a general waste because the composition and materials used to produce the drugs can impose great safety risks to human health and the environment.


If not managed and controlled properly, pharmaceutical waste could end up in the black markets or in hands of people who misuse drugs. Therefore, Earth Waste Management pharmaceutical waste disposal program can help your business dispose of its pharmaceutical and other biomedical wastes safely and economically. 


Earth Waste Management pharmaceutical waste disposal and destruction program is designed to serve the following industries: 

  • Human and animal health care facilities and establishedments

  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilties 

  • Teaching and research establishments 

  • Needle and syringe exchange programs 

  • Medial and dental offices

  • Pharmacies 

  • Other pharmaceutical waste producing facilities 

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Pharmaceutical Waste Classification 

Pharmaceutical waste may be classified as hazardous chemical waste, controlled substance, or biomedical waste. Pharmaceutical waste that exhibit a characteristic of a hazardous chemical waste is regulated as a hazardous waste and must be disposed of as hazardous material.

Pharmaceutical waste not meeting the classification of hazardous waste or controlled substance may be disposed of as a biomedical waste. Earth Waste Management can send a technician to your site to help you classify your pharmaceutical waste properly and package them for disposal. 

Characteristics of Hazard pharmaceutical waste

  • Corrosivity 

  • Ignitability 

  • Reactivity 

  • Toxicity 

Below is a list of common pharmaceuticals regulated as hazardous chemicals 

  • Arsenic Trioxide 

  • Chloroform

  • Chorambucil

  • Cyclophosphamide

  • Dauomycin

  • Dichlorodifluoromethane

  • Diethylstilbestrol

  • Epinephrine

  • Formaldeyde

  • Hexachlorophene

  • Lindane

  • Melphalan

  • Mitomycin C

  • Nicotine

  • Nitroglycerine

  • Phenacetine 

  • Phenol

  • Physostigimine Salicylate

  • Physostigmine

  • Reserpine

  • Resorcinol

  • Saccharin

  • Selenium Sulfide

  • Streptozotcin

  • Uracil mustard

  • Warfarin>0.3%

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Pharmaceutical Waste Temporary Storage

Because they may impose serious safety risks to human health and the environment, pharmaceutical wastes need to be contained properly, stored, and recorded for quantity before they can be sent to final disposal. Pharmaceutical hazardous and infectious wastes must be segregated from biomedical wastes. At the storage, all wastes must be properly labelled and the containers are color-coded.

Pharmaceutical Waste Temporary storage requirements 

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  1. All biomedical and pharmaceutical wastes shall be segregated from other types of waste at the source and stored in secured color-coded labelled containers 

  2. Storage areas must be totally enclosed, marked and separate from other rooms. The storage room must be kept at a temperature of 4 degree cellulitis or lower 

  3. The storage area must be lockable and access is restricted to authorized personnel only.

  4. All floors,walls and ceilings in a storage area shall be cleaned 

  5. The pharmaceutical Waste must be stored in secure plastic containers with lids so that it can be transported safely

  6. Infectious waste shall be segregated from other types of biomedical and pharmaceutical waste. Please contact our office for more information regarding how to dispose of your infectious waste  

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Collection & Transportation Of Pharmaceutical Waste 

To avoid putting the health of your staff and visitors at risk and so stay compliant with rules and regulations, it is recommended that your pharmaceutical wastes should not be allowed to accumulate at the generation sites. A sustainable pharmaceutical waste management plan must be put in place to monitor the collection and transportation of your wastes routinely.


In healthcare facilities ,nursing and medical staff must ensure that your pharmaceutical waste bags are tightly closed or sealed when they are about three-quarter full before collection and transportation.  

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  • Pharmaceutical waste should be collected as frequently as required and transported to the designated central storage. Wastes should not be allowed to accumulated 

  • No Pharmaceutical waste bags should be allowed to be removed without proper labeling with their point of production and contents

  • Pharmaceutical waste bags and containers should be replaced immediately with new ones. The bags and containers must be approved 

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Earth Waste Management can help you plan and execute a routine pharmaceutical waste collection and transportation program that is simple, compliant, and reliable. 

Our Pharmaceutical Waste Management programs are designed to meet your safety an sustainability goals. We offer flexible and

cost-effective solutions. contact us Today

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Pharmaceutical Waste Destruction & Disposal Methods

In general, the main goal of destroying and disposing of pharmaceutical waste is to render the waste as safe as possible for your employees, visitors and the public, and to preserve the environment. 

Earth Waste Management has the expertise and resources required to pack, collect, transport, destroy, and dispose of your pharmaceutical waste safely. 

At Earth Waste Management we use the following processes to treat medical waste at the disposal sites: 

  • Incineration 

  • Autoclaving 

  • Composting 

  • Landfill

  • Recycling 

If your pharmaceutical waste is classified as high risks category, we use the incineration method to destroy the waste.

If your pharmaceutical waste is classified as hazardous waste or controlled substance, visit our hazardous waste page or contact our office by phone at +1 (587) 707-4333 or by email at

To visit our hazardous waste page click here

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The team at Earth Waste Management is excited to work with you to meet your waste disposal needs.

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Pharmaceutical Waste Certificate of Destruction

After the successful collection, transportation, destruction and disposal of your pharmaceutical wastes, Earth Waste Management will issue a certificate of destruction to you. This certificates serves as assurance that your brand is protected, your business is complaint, and your reputation is maintained.

The team at Earth Waste Management works hard everyday to ensure that your business needs and expectations are met.

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Pharmaceutical Waste Recording & Reporting 

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Pharmaceutical Waste List 

Choral Hydrate
Ethyl Ether
Pharmaceuticals with metals


Other Drugs



All Chemotherapy drugs


Immunosuppressant drugs
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Types Of Pharmaceutical Wastes

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Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Tracking Sheet 

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