Pharmaceutical Waste Compliance Service

Industry-leading pharmaceutical waste disposal 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. From large health systems to smaller hospitals, practices, and care providers, our services are tailored to each organization’s needs. Stericycle’s comprehensive services include waste characterization, staff training, and ongoing support for your team members to help ensure safety and regulatory compliance with federal and provincial environmental regulations.

Industry Leader

We manage over 40 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste annually for healthcare facilities of every size from small veterinary, dental, and physician offices to large health systems across the country.

Protecting the Environment

Stericycle is 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.

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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Solutions for Healthcare Facilities of All Sizes

Stericycle pharmaceutical waste solutions are ideal for hospitals, practices and care providers, such as physician offices, clinics, and nursing homes. Our comprehensive service spans the entire process of handling hazardous and non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste. Depending on your needs, Stericycle can support your organization with waste characterizations, staff training, and ongoing support and resources to find cost-mitigation opportunities and increase sustainability.

A Simple Comprehensive Solution

Stericycle’s Rx Waste Compliance Program is the industry’s only complete, single-source solution for Rx waste disposal. Our clients achieve and maintain regulatory compliance, while reducing the risk associated with handling dangerous compounds. The program includes comprehensive staff training, customized signage, and ongoing support. Stericycle’s pharmaceutical waste service is designed to simplify the complexity of managing pharmaceutical waste. Whether you are a physician’s practice requiring space-saving simplicity, or a large hospital system with varying needs, we’ll help you identify the best solution for your organization.

Waste Characterization

As the leader in providing secure waste services for pharmaceuticals, health & beauty, consumer products, industrial waste, and other special waste streams, Stericycle provides unique waste characterization capabilities to ensure compliance with federal and provincial environmental regulations.

Compliance Training

Staff training and support materials to help ensure seamless implementation and ongoing compliance and sustainability.

  • Welcome kit to prepare, educate, and orient staff
  • Access to industry-leading, specialized training on how to properly handle and segregate waste
  • Educational posters & and presentations on waste segregation
  • Trainings provided online, and in some markets, in-person focusing on specific departments

Hospital Aftercare Surveys

Upon completion of implementation at hospitals, our Healthcare Compliance Specialists will perform follow-up surveys of your facility to maintain compliance, utilizing a proprietary repository of inspection items based upon federal and provincial regulations. 

The Aftercare Surveys include inspection of your pharmaceutical waste containers and storage areas to assure compliant, ongoing service performance by acute care facility staff and Stericycle Service Specialists. Inspection findings will be reported back to your key stakeholders and will detail our department-specific recommendations including regulatory references and best demonstrated practices.

A Simple Comprehensive Solution

Stericycle’s Rx Waste Compliance Program is the industry’s only complete, single-source solution for Rx waste disposal. Our clients achieve and maintain regulatory compliance, while reducing the risk associated with handling dangerous compounds. The program includes comprehensive staff training, customized signage, and ongoing support. Stericycle’s pharmaceutical waste service is designed to simplify the complexity of managing pharmaceutical waste. Whether you are a physician’s practice requiring space-saving simplicity, or a large hospital system with varying needs, we’ll help you identify the best solution for your organization.

Waste Characterization

As the leader in providing secure waste services for pharmaceuticals, health & beauty, consumer products, industrial waste, and other special waste streams, Stericycle provides unique waste characterization capabilities to ensure compliance with federal and provincial environmental regulations.

Compliance Training

Staff training and support materials to help ensure seamless implementation and ongoing compliance and sustainability.

  • Welcome kit to prepare, educate, and orient staff
  • Access to industry-leading, specialized training on how to properly handle and segregate waste
  • Educational posters & and presentations on waste segregation
  • Trainings provided online, and in some markets, in-person focusing on specific departments

Hospital Aftercare Surveys

Upon completion of implementation at hospitals, our Healthcare Compliance Specialists will perform follow-up surveys of your facility to maintain compliance, utilizing a proprietary repository of inspection items based upon federal and provincial regulations. 

The Aftercare Surveys include inspection of your pharmaceutical waste containers and storage areas to assure compliant, ongoing service performance by acute care facility staff and Stericycle Service Specialists. Inspection findings will be reported back to your key stakeholders and will detail our department-specific recommendations including regulatory references and best demonstrated practices.

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Increase Your Pharmaceutical Waste Program With CsRx

Stericycle’s CsRx Controlled Substance Waste Service mitigates drug-diversion of controlled substance wastage within your organization with a safe and secure solution utilized by hospitals, clinics, long-term care, and veterinary facilities.

Mitigates Drug Diversion and Reduces Risk
  • Deactivates controlled substance wastage
  • Deterrent to deter ingestion of contents
  • Solidification of waste for storage and transportation
Increases Employee and Patient Security
  • Innovative, one-way disposal path allowing tablets, capsules, liquids, and patches to be securely captured
  • Prevents sharps, vials, or ampoules from entering the container
  • Container and wall mount design increase security, reducing potential for waste diversion
Eco-Conscious and Compliant Disposal  
  • Mitigates the risk of controlled substance wastage contaminating waterways
  • Fosters and supports your organization’s sustainability efforts
  • Follows Health Canada’s recommendation for incinerating controlled substance waste

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 2020, our eco-conscious products and sustainability guidance allowed our customers to recycle 1.1 billion pounds of paper, safely dispose of 40 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste; and avoid greenhouse gas emissions while diverting 104 million pounds of sharps waste plastic from landfills.1

1. Source: Stericycle data, 2020.