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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

    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!

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