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Pharmaceutical Management

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations establish basic hazardous waste management standards for persons who produce hazardous waste, called hazardous waste generators. These standards are found in title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in part 262 and at 40 CFR ยง261.5. The generator regulations ensure that hazardous waste is appropriately identified and handled safely to protect human health and the environment, while minimizing interference with daily business operations.

Requirements As A Generator

The table below provides a summary of requirements for each class of hazardous waste generator. This is not an exhaustive list of all of the requirements for generators and should be used as just a guide. Generators are responsible for all applicable requirements in 40 CFR part 262 for small quantity generators (SQGs) and large quantity generators (LQGs). Additionally, hazardous waste generators should check with their state regulatory agency because certain states have additional or more stringent requirements than the federal government.


Small Quantity Generators

Large Quantity Generator

Quantity Limits The amount of hazardous waste generated per month determines how a generator is categorized and what regula6ons must be complied with.

<100 lb/month

≥100 lb/month
>1 lb/month of acute
hazardous waste

Accumulation Time Limits Determine amount of 6me hazardous waste is allowed to accumulate on site.

≤ days

Manifest Tracking hazardous waste shipments using the manifest (required by DOT & EPA)

Personnel Training Ensure appropriate personnel complete classroom or on-the-job training to become familiar with proper hazardous waste management and emergency procedures for the wastes handled at the facility.

Basic plan required

Full plan required
Part 265 subpart D from

Pre-Transport Requirements Package and label hazardous waste for shipment off site to a RCRA facility for treatment, storage, or disposal


Non-Compliance Consequences

Hazardous waste regulations are to protect the environment and human health from the many risks of hazardous waste. The largest consequence of not being compliant with regulations is environmental deterioration, impacting our health and well being.

Monetary fines and imprisonment are risks of being non-compliant with regulations. The EPA has the authority to assess civil penalties of up to $27,500 per day per violation, or criminal penalties of $50,000 per day and up to 5 years in jail.

Your state environmental agency has similar enforcement authority to the EPA. You should review the risks associated with non-compliance of federal and state regulations.

State Specific Regulations:

Proper Waste Segregation Guide


Red Sharps Container
  • Needles
  • Broken Glass
  • Razors
  • Staples



Red Container or Red Liner in Container
  • Infectious Waste
  • Blood Products (albumin, etc)
  • Contaminated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • IV Tubing
  • Cultures, Stacks
biohazared-waste1 BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE



"Black Box" Bucket
  • Expired Medication
  • Partially Used Medication
  • Unused Medication
  • Pills
  • Injectables
  • Antibiotics
hazared-waste HAZARDOUS WASTE


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