What is RCRA?
RCRA or the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act is a federal environmental regulation implemented by Congress in 1976 that defines and governs the way certain wastes we produce are disposed of. Several pharmaceuticals with hazardous characteristics fall under the umbrella of this regulation; these characteristics are toxicity, flammability, reactivity, and corrosiveness. RCRA regulations can be found in EPA 40 CFR Section 260.
Why does this affect you?
As a medical facility you are monitored by several Regulatory Agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substance Control, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The waste that your facility produces is your responsibility from cradle to grave, this means that from the time it enters your facility to the time it reaches its final disposal destination you are liable for it. Making sure that you have an effective and up to date RCRA program and disposal documentation keeps you in compliance and avoids penalties and fines.
This may seem like a complicated and tedious process but with Atlas Environmental Solutions it becomes quite simple. We will be there during every stage of your RCRA Compliance to help guide you through the process, answer any questions you may have, and find solutions to any obstacles you face.
Atlas Environmental Solutions has been on the forefront of RCRA pharmaceutical management and disposal for over a ten years, pioneering and developing several systems for both large hospitals and small clinics. Every medical facility is unique and there isn't a "blanket system" that works for everyone which is why we spend the time to learn the ins and outs of every facility before designing and implementing the most efficient system possible.
Deciding what RCRA wastes your facility produces by identifying substances with hazardous characteristics
Implementing a collection system to catch the identified RCRA wastes
Safely and properly storing your facilities wastes adhering to all applicable regulations
Transporting your waste to a designated hazardous waste disposal facility for final disposal
Properly documenting all wastes to provide proof of proper disposal to regulatory agencies
Common RCRA Pharmaceuticals
Listed below are pharmaceuticals commonly found at medical facilities that fall under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as hazardous waste. These wastes cannot be disposed of as Regulated Medical Waste and should be segregated and disposed of separately.
|Substance||Common Brands||Characteristic||Waste Code|
|Alcohol Solutions (>24%)||Hand Sanitizer, Green Soap Tincture, Chloraprep, Duraprep, Nitrolingual Spray, Alcohol Prep Pads, Benzoin Tincture||Flammable||D001|
|Aldehydes||Formalin Specimen Containers, Cidex OPA, Metricide, Gluteraldehyde||Toxic||U122|
|Barium Sulfate||Readi-Cat, Liquid-E-Z-Paque, Liquid Polibar, Baro-Cat, E-Z-HD||Toxic||D005|
|Chemotherapy Medications||Mitomycin, Ifosfamide, Cisplatin, Cyclophosphamide, Doxorubicin, Oncovin, Chlorambucil||Toxic||U010
|Inhalant Aerosols (Inhalers)||Albuterol, Atrovent, Proventil, Symbicort||Aerosol||D001|
|Insulin||Humalog, Novolog, Apidra, Novolin, Novolog, Humalog, Humulin||Toxic||D024|
|Nicotine (Gum, Patches, Spray, Inhalers)||Nicorette, Nicotinell, Nicabate, Quitex||Toxic||P075|
|Nitroglycerin||Nitro-Bid Oinment, Nitrostat Injectable, Parke-Davis Tablets||Toxic||P081|
|Selenium Sulfide||Selenium Sulfide||Toxic||U205|
|Silver Sulfadiazine Cream||Ascend, Thermazene, SSD, Watson||Toxic||D011|
|Silver Nitrate (Applicators)||Grafco, TechMed||Reactive||D001
Still have questions?
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