Last updated on October 13, 2021

In the United States, enforcing laws and regulations involves a balancing act between the federal government and individual state governments. When it comes to hazardous waste management, states can impose standards stricter than the federal governments. As a result, certain materials not regulated as solid or hazardous waste under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) may  be regulated materials/wastes under a specific state’s program.
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Many healthcare providers that are in the same healthcare sector generate similar hazardous waste streams. For instance, long-term care facilities typically all have hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, and healthcare laboratories will generate flammable solvents, considered hazardous waste. Let’s look at some of the more common hazardous waste streams generated by healthcare facilities.

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