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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Pharmaceutical waste disposal refers to the general disposal of medicine waste and can be classified as either hazardous or non-hazardous waste (depending on the type of drugs placed within the container). Every business dealing with the disposal of medicine waste, such as vets, doctors surgeries, care homes, pharmacies and also opticians for discarding eye drops - will need a pharmaceutical waste bin.

Did you know: Tablets, solid dose medicines, drug destruction kits, or cytotoxic waste and cytostatic waste all require a pharmaceutical waste bin.

At Direct365, we tailor our service around your business needs, starting with a variety of bin sizes ranging from 5, 7, 11.5 and 22 litre options. Our pharmaceutical waste disposal service also includes flexible collections from weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, giving you the freedom to pay only for the service that you need, when you need it. This allows us to offer you the most competitive prices on the market; every time.

We have years of experience in the safe and compliant disposal of pharmaceutical waste so with our service you can rest assured that you're waste is being handled responsibly and professionally.

Give us a call today and you could save up to 30% in comparison to your exisitng service.

  • Variety of Bin Sizes
    Only pay for what you need with 5, 7, 11.5 and 22 litre options
  • Flexible Plans
    Choose from weekly, fortnightly or monthly servicing
  • Discreet Service
    No hassle, no fuss. We won't interrupt your working day
  • Free Duty of Care
    We supply you with all the correct paperwork, every time
  • Low Price Guarantee
    We always try to offer the most competitive prices on the market
  • Flexible Packages
    Every business is different, and so are our tailored packages

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All About Pharmaceutical Waste

 As a business, you’re fully accountable for the waste you produce, whether it's a tiny amount each month, or you’re disposing of a large amount of pharmaceutical waste (EWC Codes 18-01-08 and 18-01-09). There’s a lot of legislation surrounding how you should dispose of your waste; and this is where we can help.

At Direct365 we provide a safe and compliant service for the disposal of your solid dose medicines, and also ensure you receive the necessary Duty of Care certification and a consignment note to show your legal compliance. We'll guide and advise you to arrange your pharmaceutical waste collection which is tailored to your business needs.

Our pharmi bin waste containers can take all of your pharmaceutical waste from drugs to prescription medicine, including cytotoxic and cytostatic wastes. All of our units are designed to seal shut, and can be permanently sealed for security and health reasons once they have been filled. With a range of pharmi bin sizes and collection schedules available, whatever your waste requirement; we’ve got a plan for you.


Since the Landfill Directive came into use, we've had to change the way we dispose of your pharmaceutical waste in order to comply with all the correct laws and legislations.

Every type of waste, including pharmaceutical, has an EWC code, which is a unique identifier that enables us to see exactly what your waste is, and where it needs to go. An EWC code is printed on all clinical buckets and bags, including your pharmaceutical waste container.

Here's the list of all 2014 EWC codes:


Sharps, but not including those included in code 18-01-03


Body parts and organs including blood bags and blood preserves (excluding those in category 18 01 03)


Wastes whose collection and disposal is subject to special requirements in order to prevent infection – Hazardous Waste


Wastes whose collection and disposal is not subject to special requirements in order to prevent infection – Offensive waste


Chemicals consisting of dangerous substances


Cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines


Medicines other than those mentioned in 18 01 08


Amalgam waste from dental care

For additional EWC Code information, please see the .GOV website.



With every waste collection that contains hazardous material you’ll receive a consignment note detailing the type of waste collected, its EWC code, the quantity, components, hazard code and container type.

Each time you will need to supply us with your hazardous waste producer registration number. If you do not have one, you will need to register with The Environment Agency annually (unless exempt). It is vital that you have the registration number. If not, we cannot take your waste away.

If you prefer, we can do this for you!