Commercial chemical product - Pharmaceuticals are commercial chemical products. A substance manufactured or formulated for commercial or manufacturing use consisting of:
- The commercially pure grade of the chemical;
- Any technical grades of the chemical; or
- Any formulations in which the chemical is the sole active ingredient.
Conditional exclusion - Only pharmaceuticals that designate as state-only dangerous waste are eligible for management under the Conditional Exclusion.
If managed correctly under the exclusion, your state-only pharmaceutical waste:
- Does not need to be counted toward your generator status, and
- Does not need to be reported annually.
The conditional exclusion requires the incineration of state-only pharmaceutical waste at either:
- A facility permitted to incinerate municipal solid waste; or
- A controlled combustion unit with heat input greater than 250 million British Thermal Units per hour (BTUs/hr), and combustion zone temperatures greater than 1500°F.
Dangerous waste - Any waste that designates under WAC 173-303-070(3). Dangerous waste includes:
Dual waste - Dangerous waste pharmaceuticals that are infectious or potentially infectious. An example of dual waste is a non-empty syringe containing a dangerous waste pharmaceutical with needle attached.
P-listed hazardous waste - Any commercial chemical product in which the listed chemical is the sole active ingredient.
Non-viable pharmaceutical - A pharmaceutical that cannot be used for its intended purpose, sold, or returned to the manufacturer, wholesaler, or reverse distributor for credit. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Expired pharmaceuticals
- Outdated items repackaged at the pharmacy
- Dropped pills
- Partial IVs, ampoules, ointments, creams, lotions, and inhalers
- Patient medications left at the hospital
RCRA hazardous waste - For the purpose of pharmaceutical waste, RCRA hazardous waste is any pharmaceutical that designates as dangerous waste. RCRA hazardous waste includes:
- Lists of certain discarded chemical products.
- Manufacturing and industrial processes.
- Wastes with hazardous characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity.
Reverse distribution - The practice of shipping unwanted, viable pharmaceutical products to a third party with the intent of receiving manufacturer credit.
State-only dangerous waste - For the purpose of the Interim Pharmaceutical Waste Policy, state-only dangerous waste is any pharmaceutical waste that designates as dangerous waste but is not a RCRA hazardous waste. Washington considers toxicity and persistence as the criteria used to designate waste as dangerous in addition to the RCRA listing and characteristics.
- A pharmaceutical that can be used for its intended purpose or returned to a manufacturer, wholesaler, or reverse distributor for credit is viable. Viable pharmaceuticals are not subject to the dangerous waste regulations since they are considered product-like. Any pharmaceutical disposed without credit is non-viable unless there is a documented change in credit status by the reverse distributor.