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 healthcare regulated waste streams, and offer related compliance support such as training and educational materials. Our network of localized team members across the country maintain a 97% on-time pickup rate.1

Your Risk Reduction Experts

Our Regulatory Affairs team under Environmental Health & Safety keeps up to date with regulatory changes and engages with federal, provincial, and local agencies as needed to help keep our customers informed and compliant.

Your Sustainability Champion

In 2023, Stericycle recycled 906 million pounds of paper, incinerated 55 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste, and helped our customers divert 101 million pounds of plastic from landfills by using reusable sharps and pharmaceutical waste containers rather than single-use containers.1

1. Source: Stericycle data, 2023.