Specific waste: Injectable liquids
Injectable pharmaceuticals come in a variety of containers and forms. Some formulations come as a liquid direct from the manufacturer while others are mixed into solution onsite. Injectable pharmaceuticals may be in the following containers:
The following three categories will be used to highlight different designation and management requirements:
Designation of waste injectable liquidsLiquids with Chemotherapy Agents
Liquids Without Pharmaceuticals or Nutrients: The following solutions are eligible for sewer disposal with authorization from your local sewer authority or the Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program.
Management of waste liquid pharmaceuticals
Viable pharmaceuticals: Pharmaceuticals that are eligible for credit from a manufacturer, wholesaler, or reverse distributor are viable pharmaceuticals and not considered waste. Viable pharmaceuticals include any unused and/or unopened pharmaceuticals that receive a credit. Items not receiving a credit must be managed as a waste.
Controlled Substances: If the waste contains a Controlled Substance, for designation and management see Specific Waste: Controlled Substances.
RCRA hazardous waste: Includes any waste formulations that designate as a discarded chemical product (listed waste) or under the federal characteristics of Ignitability, Corrosivity, Reactivity or Toxicity ( Chapter 173-303-090 WAC ).RCRA hazardous waste:
State-only dangerous waste: You can assume any liquid pharmaceutical wastes that are not RCRA hazardous waste are State-only dangerous waste. They can either be managed at an incinerator that meets the criteria of the conditional exclusion Chapter 173-303-071(3)(nn) WAC or as dangerous waste at a RCRA-permitted facility. Please see Pharmaceutical Designation Flowchart.State-only dangerous waste:
NOTE: Do not dispose of these liquids down the drain or into soiled linens destined for the laundry. Authorization by your local sewer authority is required for disposal of any process waste to sanitary sewer. Sewer agencies may NOT accept dangerous wastes. The sewer authority will also consider how the compounds will affect their treatment system and the microorganisms.
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