RCRA Waste Services
Your Local Tennessee Pharmaceutical and RCRA Disposal Service
BioWaste accepts RCRA hazardous and non-hazardous wastes. We are a pharmaceutical disposal service providing clients throughout the greater Nashville & Chattanooga areas throughout Middle Tennessee. We offer our customers safe, compliant and simple solutions to dispose of both hazardous (RCRA) and non-hazardous (non-RCRA) pharmaceutical waste.
We are a pharmaceutical waste and sharp disposal service with complete solutions for your needs. We are licensed by the EPA and DOT to transport hazardous waste in Tennesse. All hazardous waste must be transported to a permitted treatment, storage, and disposal facility.
Our medical and sharp disposal service offers a program that ensures compliance with current and future EPA regulations, violations of which can result in fines of $37,500 per day. We provide on-site service for facilities with large volumes of medical and pharmaceutical waste as well as programs for smaller generators. Many states are authorized by EPA to implement their own hazardous waste programs in lieu of the federal RCRA programs.
Recognizing Pharmaceutical Waste and Developing Waste Management Programs within your Facility
Pharmaceutical waste is a major issue. As the leading and oldest medical waste disposal service in Tennessee, we focus services on assisting facilities with their waste management programs. Once a facility has a comprehensive list of pharmaceuticals used, the next step in developing a waste management program is to identify the unused pharmaceuticals generated. The EPA urges medical facilities to keep track of unused pharmaceuticals for two weeks to one month. Unused waste could come in the form of a spill or simply discarded pharmaceuticals down a drain or in the trash, so we recommend documenting and discarding properly.
How Can a Medical Facility Reduce Unused Pharmaceuticals?
The easiest way to reduce the number of unused pharmaceuticals is to purchase in smaller quantities. This will save your practice money in the long run, as well as greatly reduce the possibility of excess pharmaceuticals. By using vouchers from sales reps instead of free samples, you can eliminate an entire waste stream. We urge as your medical waste and sharp disposal service in Nashville TN to follow this simple guideline to reduce your pharmaceutical waste, while keeping money in your pocket.
Some Examples of Pharmaceutical Waste
- Chemotherapy Drugs – Discarded and Outdated
- Solvents (Acetone, Alcohols, Phenol, Lindane, Xylene)
- Batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Lead Acid, Cadmium)
- Non-waste (returnable medications)
- Hazardous waste, including dual wastes (hazardous and biohazardous)
- Controlled substances
Whichever system you choose, it’s critical that you and your staff members understand which medications are incompatible or hazardous and need their own labeled disposal containers. Using the correct quantity, size, and type of pharmaceutical waste containers is an important skill that your staff must possess. Any medical waste disposal service would tell you to document your training and be sure that everyone understands the importance of proper pharmaceutical waste management.
Definition of RCRA
RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) is the federal regulation of the disposal of medical waste. It was enacted in 1976, enforced by the EPA; it encourages the minimization of waste generation. Any good waste or sharp disposal service should know the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act well, in order to provide exemplary service to you and your practice. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act gives the EPA the authority to control hazardous waste from “cradle-to-grave”. This includes generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.
Which Discarded Drugs Become RCRA Hazardous Wastes?
- Arsenic trioxide
- Epinephrine base
- Physostigmine Salicylate
- Chloral hydrate
- Mitomycin C
- Selenium Sulfide
- Uracil Mustard
- Warfarin < 0.3%
Click here to find out more information about Tennessee’s hazardous waste management in healthcare facilities.
Contact Us Today
BioWaste provides pharmaceutical & RCRA waste solutions to generators in Nashville, Chattanooga and the surrounding areas of Middle Tennessee. Give us a call at 615-491-4929 or complete the convenient form on this page. We look forward to serving you.