Frequently asked questions about pharmaceutical waste

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New pharmaceutical waste regulations

As of Oct. 31, 2020, the special requirements for the management of dangerous waste pharmaceuticals (WAC 173-303-555) is now in effect. Please refer to our Managing Pharmaceutical Waste page for the most current information.

NOTE: Information on this page may be outdated and inconsistent with the new rules. We are working quickly to update this information. Please check back.

We recognize the unique challenges when it comes to managing pharmaceutical waste. Facilities often work with multiple regulatory agencies to dispense, store, and dispose of pharmaceutical wastes. Below we answer your most common questions related to pharmaceutical wastes.


New pharmaceutical waste rules

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