Hazardous Waste Program - Managing Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste


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For information regarding medical wastes (i.e. sharps, bandages) see the state's Solid Waste Section.


Useful websites for information concerning waste pharmaceuticals


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency " Disposing of unwanted medications" at:



Washington State Department of Ecology information for medical facilities at: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/hwtr/pharmaceuticals/


Pharmaceutical waste "Frequently Asked Questions" at: http://www.pharmecology.com/pedd/jsp/static/a2_waste_faqs.jsp


University of California "Pharmaceutical Waste Guidelines" at: http://www.ehs.uci.edu/programs/enviro/Pharmaceutical%20Waste.pdf


For EPA information about safe methods of  disposal for medical needles (sharps) go to: http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/industrial/medical/disposal.htm.


FDA/White House recommendations for household management of unwanted pharmaceuticals:



Management Guidelines for Medicinals Containing Thimerosal:



Pharmaceutical Waste Management - A Guide for Medical Care Facilities in South Dakota: