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How should I dispose of unused prescription medication and other medical waste?

According to the Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) web site [http://www.epa.gov/ppcp/faq.html#how], proper disposal of pharmaceuticals such as prescription medications is a straightforward way for individuals to prevent pollution. Although discarded pharmaceuticals under the control of consumers are not regulated by The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, EPA encourages the public to take advantage of pharmaceutical take-back programs or household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs that accept pharmaceuticals.


For more information contact an EPA regional and program office representative: http://www.epa.gov/ppcp/contacts2.html.

For information on disposal of medical sharps, visit The Office of Waste’s medical sharps site: http://www.epa.gov/wastes/nonhaz/industrial/medical/disposal.htm

Additional general information may be found on the medical waste website: http://www.epa.gov/wastes/nonhaz/industrial/medical/index.htm

To locate a local hazardous household waste (HHW) or drug take-back facility, use the Earth911.com search engine [http://search.earth911.com/  Exit EPA Disclaimer ], contact your EPA Regional Office [http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wyl/regional.htm], or contact your state environmental agency [http://www2.epa.gov/home/health-and-environmental-agencies-us-states-and-territories].


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  • Topic #: 23002-17806
  • Date Created: 1/25/2006
  • Last Modified Since: 8/7/2014
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