Health Care Waste & Toxics Reduction Tips
for small and medium size health care facilities
Health care facilities that use, dispense or store pharmaceuticals on-site can benefit from waste reduction and resource efficiency efforts.
Reasons for Change
By assessing and implementing one or more of the practices described here and on the accompanying downloadable table, health care facilities can enjoy:
Opportunities for Action
Specific tips on ways Pharmacy Services providers can reduce and prevent toxic wastes and resource inefficiencies are listed in this fact sheet’s downloadable/printable table. A sampling of these tips is listed below.
Basic Best Management Practices
Next Steps to Improve Pharmacy Service Practices
This resource guide’s home page has links to additional fact sheets in this series, plus other useful tools and information from the Washington Department of Ecology and other experts.
For information on proper handling and disposal of chemotherapy waste, including expired drugs, aborted dosages, IV bags, sharps, contaminated personal protective equipment (PPE) and other materials, see the Washington Department of Ecology’s chemotherapy waste management fact sheet and chemotherapy waste management flow chart.
Information from the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MNTAP) on reducing and managing pharmaceutical waste from health care facilities and households can be found here.
An older article (2002) from PharmEcology on managing pharmaceutical waste.
For information on issues involving pharmaceuticals and ways to reduce their environmental impact, see Health Care Without Harm resources on pharmaceutical issues worldwide and in the U.S. and Canada.
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This information is brought to you by the Washington Department of Ecology/Toxics Reduction Unit with assistance from the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) . June 2010