Properly disposing of medical waste is vital for your organization’s safety. Keeping different types of medical waste separated also keeps your work space and the environment clean and free from hazardous waste. The EPA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) strictly regulates the disposal of hazardous pharmaceuticals. The EPA can impose hefty fines and punishments for not following these strict disposal procedures. If your organization produces hazardous pharmaceutical waste, it should be placed into a blue container. Blue container disposal should be performed regularly to ensure a safe environment.
What Is Blue Container Medical Waste?
Hazardous pharmaceutical waste, or items on the RCRA’s P and U lists, must be placed in clearly labeled and secure blue waste containers. If possible, return all waste items to their original packaging before placing them in the bin.
Items to place in blue waste containers include, but are not limited to:
- IV solutions
- Syringes with more than 10% contamination
- Vials with more than 10% contamination
- Pills and capsules
- Bulk Powders
Due to the types of materials that make their way into blue waste bins, these containers are typically fairly small, ranging from 2 – 20 gallon capacities depending on your needs.
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