How to manage controlled substances
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.