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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

If you’re a business dealing with medicines then you must follow pharmaceutical waste disposal guidelines. Direct365 can help by removing your waste efficiently and safely, and doing so at the best price on the market.

Depending on drug types, your pharmaceutical waste may be classified as hazardous or non-hazardous. Every business disposing of medicine waste (vets, surgeries, care homes, pharmacies, opticians and many more) will need a pharmaceutical waste bin. Our service includes flexible collections and a variety of bin sizes, so you only pay for the frequency you need.

We’re always professional and friendly – if you don’t know what you need, just ask! Call us for more information and an instant quote, and you could save up to 30% compared to your existing service.

  • Free Duty of Care
    We supply you with all the legal paperwork, every time
  • Call us for an instant quote
    We can give you a FREE quote over the phone, don’t hesitate to get in touch
  • Low price guarantee
    We compare 100+ suppliers to offer the most competitive prices on the market
  • 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

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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!