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Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

Many chemical and/or pharmaceutical compounds used in research or in the treatment of disease at the University of Florida are regulated by the EPA as Listed or Characteristic Hazardous Wastes when disposed.  

  • Products and formulations of EPA Listed and Characteristic Chemicals are considered Hazardous Waste when disposed of.
  • Waste Materials generated by the use or delivery of Listed and Characteristic Chemicals are considered Hazardous Waste (gloves, aprons, towels, spill clean-up, etc.) when disposed of.
  • Packaging and/or empty containers associated with P-listed Chemicals must either be collected as hazardous waste or triple-rinsed before being considered empty. P-listed rinsates must be collected as hazardous waste.
  • Pharmaceuticals which contain even minute amounts of EPA Characteristic chemicals are considered Hazardous Waste.
  • The following lists are examples of some common Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals.

P-Listed Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

  • P-listed Pharmaceuticals are considered acutely hazardous by the EPA.
  • Any unused portions of these materials or wastes generated by spill cleanup or contamination by the original product are considered hazardous waste.
  • Unused dilutions or formulations of the original product are also considered hazardous waste.
  • Packaging and/or empty containers associated with these items must either be collected as hazardous waste or triple-rinsed before being considered empty.
  • P-listed rinsates must be collected as hazardous waste.

P012

Arsenic Trioxide

P042

Epinephrine

P046

Phentermine

P075

Nicotine and Salts

P081

Nitroglycerin

P188

Physostigmine salicylate

P204

Physostygmine

U-Listed Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

  • U-listed Pharmaceuticals are considered hazardous by the EPA
  • Any unused portions of these materials or wastes generated by spill cleanup or contamination by the original product are considered hazardous waste.
  • Unused dilutions or formulations of the original product are also considered hazardous waste.
  • Personal Protective Equipment PPE contaminated during use or preparation of Chemotherapy agents should be collected as hazardous waste.

P012

Arsenic Trioxide

P042

Epinephrine

P046

Phentermine

P075

Nicotine and Salts

P081

Nitroglycerin

P188

Physostigmine salicylate

P204

Physostygmine

Characteristic Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

  • Pharmaceutical chemicals or formulations may also contain components which are regulated as characteristic waste. The presence of these components is often not clearly identified in labeling.
  • EPA regulated chemicals and pharmaceutical compounds may be present only as a component (often a minor constituent) of the overall product makeup.
  • The EPA regulates Toxicity Characteristic chemicals at the parts per million (ppm) level.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the entirety of product make-up is critical for safety and proper waste determination.

Thimerosol, Merthiolate

Toxic (Mercury)

Barium Sulfate

Toxic (Barium)

Mercurochrome

Toxic (Mercury)

Silvadene

Toxic (Silver)

Insulin

Toxic (m-Cresol)

Styptic Pens

Toxic (Silver)

Selenium Sulfide

Toxic (Selenium)

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