[Pharmwaste] RE: Packaging for pharm waste mail backs

Volkman, Jennifer (MPCA) jennifer.volkman at state.mn.us
Fri May 25 16:24:36 EDT 2012

That will depend on how the waste is regulated. For hazardous waste or hazardous materials, DOT specifies the packaging type that must be used. Here in MN we use the HHW exemption and the packaging requirements are really set by the Waste To Energy facilities that receive the waste. For non-regulated waste, there is flexibility in the type of container that can be used, they don’t have to meet ASTM or whatever codes are specified in DOT regulations. Our WTE’s specify that the containers be leak and puncture proof, less than 50 lbs and they prefer fiber over plastic. I believe most locations are probably shipping in plastic lined fiber or just fiber containers. WTE’s won’t open containers and dump them, so the container would be incinerated and that is for the best, pills are squirrely. I don’t know if DOT prohibits recycled content packaging. I know that metal drums can be refurbished to meet DOT code.
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From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Zimmer, Catherine (PSC)
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012 12:11 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Packaging for pharm waste mail backs

Hi all you pharm waste collection experts,
What advice do you have for packaging used to send back pharmaceutical waste collected at a pharmacy to send back for disposal?  Has anyone investigated environmentally preferable type packaging, e.g. recycled content, or even potentially reusable?
Thank you for your help!
Very truly yours,

Catherine Zimmer, MS, BSMT
Industry Leader, Environmental and Regulatory
PSC Healthcare Services
Office:  651.645.7509
Mobile: 713.829.6365
Catherine.zimmer at pscnow.com<mailto:Catherine.zimmer at pscnow.com>

Live green now!
Reduce, reuse, repair, recycle.

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