Controlled substances

Controlled substances are regulated by the federal government and are subject to strict management protocols in addition to federal hazardous waste and state-only dangerous waste regulations.

  • Do not inject these liquids down the drain.
  • Do not squirt into soiled linens destined for the laundry.

How to manage controlled substances

Reverse distributor

Both viable and non-viable controlled substances can be sent to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) licensed reverse distributor provided you ensure that:

  • Controlled substances that designate as Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste are sent to a RCRA permitted incinerator.
  • Other controlled substances are incinerated at a facility meeting the requirements of the Conditional Exclusion.

RCRA hazardous waste controlled substances

Manage through a RCRA permitted facility, following the DEA guidelines for witnessed destruction of the product beyond reclamation.

State-only dangerous waste controlled substances

Manage according to DEA regulations; may be destroyed at combustion facilities as specified in the Conditional Exclusion.

Do not put dangerous waste into the sewer

Sewer agencies do NOT accept dangerous wastes. Authorization is required for any process waste to sanitary sewer. Dangerous waste must be managed according to the regulations. The sewer authority must consider how the compounds will affect their treatment system and the microorganisms.