Specific waste: Empty containers
Containers that held pharmaceutical products may be dangerous waste if they are not emptied properly or if they held specific constituents.
Examples of pharmaceutical containers include:
A container is “empty” and not a dangerous waste when it meets the following three criteria:
Normal means of emptying pharmaceutical containers include fully depressing a syringe, fully administering an IV bag, and withdrawing all the contents of a vial with a syringe. An “empty” container may be considered solid waste.
Management of non-dangerous waste empty containers:
A container is dangerous waste when it:
Management of dangerous waste containers:
An empty container is dual waste when it:
Management of dual waste empty containers:
Refer to your local health department for regulations on sharps, biomedical waste and for other best management practice guidelines for these materials.Note: The Spokane Waste to Energy Facility does not accept sharps.
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