What Are EPA RCRA Listed Wastes?

If you work in the healthcare environment, you know that you must carefully dispose of hazardous waste. First, you must decide if the waste that you are managing is a hazardous waste (HW), and then you must make certain that you dispose of the HW properly.  With so many types of hazardous waste, it can get confusing. This blog will discuss the types of listed hazardous wastes found in healthcare, with an emphasis on hazardous waste pharmaceuticals (HWP), the most common type managed in healthcare.

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Part 1: New EPA Rule Explained

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a Proposed Rule on the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals (HWP) in September 2015. The proposed rule streamlines hazardous pharmaceutical waste management standards for healthcare facilities operating in the United States, including pharmacies, veterinary clinics, physicians’ offices, dentists’ offices, outpatient care centers, chiropractors, hospitals, nursing care facilities, pharmaceutical reverse distributors and medical examiners and coroners’ offices.

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Universal Waste Refresher

Did you know that improper management of universal waste is one of the top generator violations? The EPA’s universal waste regulations provide strict standards for hazardous waste management for federally designated “universal wastes,” including:

  • Batteries;
  • Pesticides;
  • Mercury-containing equipment; and
  • Bulbs (lamps).

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