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RCRA Waste Codes for Pharmaceuticals

Here are examples of some Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) waste codes associated with pharmaceuticals. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and the generator is ultimately responsible for designating their waste.

 Example P-Listed Waste Codes

Note: must contain constituent as sole active ingredient and be unused or discarded

Waste Code

Constituent of Concern

Product Name

P001

Warfarin & salts (concentration greater than 0.3%)

Coumadin; Warfarin

P012

Arsenic trioxide

Trisenox

P042

Epinephrine

Adrenalin; EpiPen; Eppy/N; Epifrin; Epinal; Anaphalaxis kit; Epinephrine (inhalants, injectibles, kits); Racepinephrine; Racord; Primatene aerosol inhaler

P046

Phentermine

Phentermine (CIV)

P075

Nicotine & salts

Nicotine patches; Habitrol; Nicoderm; Nicorette; Nicotrol; Tetrahydronicotyrine

P188

Physostigmine salicylate

Also known as Eserine salicylate

P204

Physostigmine

Also known as Eserine

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Example RCRA U-Listed Waste Codes

Note: must contain constituent as sole active ingredient and be unused or discarded

Waste Code

Constituent of Concern

Product Name

U010

Mitomycin C

Mitomycin; Mitomycin C; Mutamycin; Mutamycin VHA Plus

U015

Azaserine

Chemotherapy for leukemia

U034

Chloral / Chloral hydrate

Chloral hydrate (CIV)

U035

Chlorambucil

Leukeran

U044

Chloroform

Not commonly seen

U058

Cyclophosphamide

CTX; Cytoxan injection, Lycophilized/VHA Plus; Neosar; Procytox

U059

Daunomycin

Daunorubicin, Cerubidin, DaunoXome, Rubidomycin; Liposomal; Idarubicin/Idamycin; Daunomycin

U075

Dichlorodifluoromethane

Dichlorodifluoromethane

U089

Diethylstilbesterol

Diethylstilbestrol, DES (synthetic estrogen), Stilphostrol

U121

Trichloromonofluromethane

Trichlorofluoromethane

U129

Lindane

G-Well shampoo; Kwell shampoo

U132

Hexachlorophene

Phisohex disinfectant

U150

Melphalan

Alkeran; L-PAM; Melphalan

U151

Mercury

Mercurochrome; Mercury iodide; Mercury chloride; Mercury sulfate

U182

Paraldehyde

Paral; Paraldehyde (CIV)

U187

Phenacetin

Acetophenetidin; typically veterinary

U188

Phenol

Phenol; liquified phenol

U200

Reserpine

Resperine

U201

Resorcinol

Resorcinol

U205

Selenium sulfide

Exsel shampoo; selenium sulfide; Selsun

U206

Streptozotocin

Streptozotocin; Streptozocin; Zanosar

U237

Uracil mustard

Not commonly seen: Uracil mustard; Uramustine

U248

Warfarin & salts (concentration less than or equal to 0.3%)

Warfarin

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Example RCRA Characteristic Waste Codes

Waste Code

Characteristic Waste

Drug Formulations with these Characteristics:

Ignitable

D001

Aqueous drug formulation containing 24% or more alcohol by volume. (261.21(a)(1)).

Erythromycin gel 2%

Texacort solution 1%

Taxol Injection

Liquid drug formulations, with a flashpoint of less than 140º F or 60º C, except aqueous solutions containing less than 24% alcohol.

Flexible collodion - Flashpoint = 45º C

Oxidizers or materials that readily supply oxygen to a reaction in the absence of air as defined by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Amyl nitrite inhalers

Silver nitrate applicators

Flammable aerosol propellants meeting the DOT definition of compressed gas (261.21(a)(3)).

Primatene aerosol

Corrosive

D002

Corrosive1

Any solution with pH less than or equal to 2

Any solution with pH greater than or equal to 12.5

Reactive

D003

Reactive2

Any compound that is unstable and readily undergoes violent change; reacts violently, forms potentially explosive mixtures or generates toxic fumes when mixed with water; cyanide or sulfur waste that releases toxic fumes at pH between 2 and 12.5; or is explosive or capable of detonating at standard temperature and pressure.

Toxic

D004

Arsenic

Any P012 listed waste; Arsenic trioxide (also P012); Carbasone; Glycobiarosol; Thiacetarsamide

D005

Barium

Barium sulfate (used in radiology); Barium sulfidel; Barium hydroxide; Barium chloride

D007

Chromium

Multiple mineral preparations; Chromium; Chromium trioxide; Multiple Trace Element (also D010)

D009

Mercury

Any U151 listed waste; Any drug w/ thimerosal or phenylmercuric acetate (vaccines, eye drops, nasal spray, etc.)

D010

Selenium

Any U205 listed waste; dandruff shampoo; multiple mineral preparations

D011

Silver

Silver sulfadiazine cream; silver nitrate (also D001); Silvadene; Argyrol S.S.; Arzol silver nitrate (also D001)

D013

Lindane

Treatment of lice, scabies

D022

Chloroform

Not commonly seen

D024

M-cresol

Insulin w/ cresol

1Most corrosive waste will be compounding chemicals. Although compounded pharmaceuticals are eligible for management under the Interim Pharmaceutical Waste Policy, the compounding chemicals themselves must be managed under the Washington dangerous waste regulations.

2Nitroglycerin is the only pharmaceutical that we are aware of that may be considered reactive. Most medical formulations of nitroglycerin are not reactive. Medical formulations of nitroglycerin that are not reactive are not considered P081 listed waste.

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