Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Industry-leading pharmaceutical waste solutions to protect your patients, employees, and the environment.

Together, We Can Protect Our Communities and the Environment

Safe, Compliant, and Efficient

Stericycle’s pharmaceutical waste solutions are designed for healthcare facilities to efficiently manage pharmaceutical waste. Our comprehensive services include waste characterization, staff training, and ongoing support for your team members to help ensure safety and regulatory compliance.

Stericycle owns and operates an onsite technologically advanced incineration facility for the destruction of highly regulated and hard to handle products and materials including:

  • Hazardous pharmaceuticals and narcotics/controlled substances
  • Precursor containing pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications 
  • Cosmetics and other consumer products

Industry Leader

We manage over 18 million kilograms of pharmaceutical waste annually for healthcare facilities of every size from small physician offices to the largest hospitals across the country.

Protecting the Environment and Your Communities

Stericycle was a pioneer of eco-conscious pharmaceutical waste disposal and to this day, we’re committed to the innovation of new products and services to help our customers reach their sustainability goals.  Learn more about how Stericycle’s CsRx controlled substance waste service can help protect your healthcare organization and community from drug diversion.

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Clinics and Practitioners

Stericycle’s Drug Disposal Service is a simple and easy solution for small hospitals and non-acute healthcare settings such as physician offices, clinics, and nursing homes that want to pursue eco-conscious pharmaceutical waste management with reliable collection and disposal.

Our team will tailor the program to your organization’s needs and provide easy to use tools for identifying your waste, all the necessary containers, and convenient online training on our customer portal,, to help ensure your business stays safe and compliant.

Hospitals and Health Systems

Stericycle’s Pharmaceutical Waste Compliance Service is the most cost-effective solution for hospitals and their affiliates to manage hazardous and non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste. Stericycle can develop custom solutions driven by efficiency, compliance, and sustainability:

  • Waste characterization and identification of hazardous and/or Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulated materials and controlled substances as per Health Canada’s requirements
  • Containers for the facility-wide segregation and collection of pharmaceutical waste
  • Training programs and material for staff
  • Guidance on proper packaging and labeling
  • Tracked and documented shipping
  • Ongoing Aftercare support

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Why Stericycle?

Your Single Nationwide Partners

We manage all major waste streams and offer compliance training, delivering a 98% on-time pickup rate1 with our global fleet of more than 6,000 trucks.

Your Risk Reduction Experts

We reduce your risk through full chain of custody and proprietary, real-time tracking systems in addition to compliance experts to keep you informed of federal, provincial, and local regulatory developments.

Your Sustainability Champion

In 2021, our eco-conscious products and sustainability guidance allowed our customers to recycle 499 million kilograms of paper, safely dispose of 18 million kilograms of pharmaceutical waste; and avoid greenhouse gas emissions while diverting 47 million kilograms of sharps waste plastic from landfills.1

1. Source: Stericycle data, 2021.