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RCRA Online Number: 14833
Title: RECOMMENDATION ON THE DISPOSAL OF HOUSEHOLD PHARMACEUTICALS COLLECTED BY TAKE-BACK EVENTS, MAIL-BACK, AND OTHER COLLECTION PROGRAMS
Document Date: 2012-09-26
To: RCRA Division Directors
From: Rudzinski
Description: Although household pharmaceuticals received by collection programs are excluded from federal RCRA hazardous waste regulations (40 CFR 261.4(b)(1)), EPA recommends that such pharmaceuticals be incinerated in a permitted hazardous waste incinerator or cement kiln. When hazardous waste combustion is not feasible, at a minimum, collected household pharmaceuticals should be incinerated at a facility that meets EPA's Large or Small Municipal Waste Combustor standards.
Regulatory Citation(s): 261.4(b)(1)
Associated Topic(s): Combustion of Hazardous Waste, Household Hazardous Waste