The Dangerous Waste Regulations, Chapter 173-303 WAC provide rules for managing, accumulating, and disposing of dangerous waste. The regulations also includes requirements for:
Waste pharmaceuticals considered dangerous waste based on Washington’s criteria for toxicity and persistence can be excluded from the rest of the rules under the Conditional Exclusion in WAC 173-303-071(3)(nn).
However, the state cannot change federal law. Pharmaceuticals that designate as Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste must be disposed of as dangerous waste.
Refer to our publication, Focus on Pharmaceutical Waste for more details.
We originally developed the Interim Pharmaceutical Waste Policy to address questions and needs identified by the healthcare industry. It provides an option to the existing rules for managing pharmaceutical waste. We won't enforce portions of the dangerous waste rules if you meet the conditions of this policy.
The Guide for Dangerous Pharmaceutical Waste Generators in Washington State provides a summary of the requirements for managing pharmaceutical waste under the:
The guide does not include all applicable dangerous waste requirements. Always refer to the regulations or the policy for more detail.