Biohazardous Waste and Pharmaceutical Waste Must Be Treated Differently?


Some assume that treating/disposing pharmaceutical waste as biohazardous waste is the appropriate thing to do, but that’s not the case. Biohazardous waste is sterilized to remove the infectious potential and then delivered to a landfill for final disposal. When you dispose of pharmaceutical waste with biohazardous waste, it will ultimately end up in a landfill and seep into our water supply (or end up in surface water). Because of this, pharmaceutical waste needs to be segregated properly and treated by incineration. This breaks down the complex chemicals to render them safe.

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