Healthcare and Pharmaceutical

Safely and responsibly manage your medical and pharmaceutical waste with comprehensive environmental solutions that ensure compliance. 

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Industry Expertise

Our Healthcare Solutions program provides comprehensive waste disposal services that consolidate and simplify management of the estimated two million tons of waste generated by healthcare facilities each year – helping our customers achieve compliance and sustainability.

And Republic Services has the unique ability to handle non-hazardous, hazardous and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Schedule II-IV Controlled Substance pharmaceutical waste streams. Our Detroit facility is one of the few RCRA permitted DEA registered reverse distribution pharmaceutical waste handlers in the industry.

Republic Services is a RCRA permitted, VAWD accredited, DEA registered reverse distributor and is recognized by every state board of pharmacy to safely manage your pharmaceutical waste.

Services and Solutions

Customized environmental solutions, recycling and waste services that are safe and sanitary for hospitals, clinics, surgeries, labs and pharmaceutical companies.

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Environmental Solutions

Biohazardous decontamination services, lab pack services and comprehensive treatment and disposal services for hazardous waste help you stay compliant and provide a safe environment for patients and staff.

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Recycling and Waste

Turnkey products and services including recycling and general waste pickup, sharps and needles disposal, dumpsters and custom compactors help medical facilities deal with large volumes of waste, compliantly.

Specialized Industry Solutions

Our integrated solutions help you safely and responsibly manage medical and pharmaceutical waste materials while achieving your sustainability goals.

Healthcare Solutions Programs

Programs include:

  • Comprehensive review of customer’s product data
  • Classification of product dispositions based upon EPA and DOT requirements performed by regulatory specialists
  • Automated data retrieval through the use of hand-held barcode scanners
  • Completion of hazardous waste manifests prior to pickups
  • Coordination of Less Than Truckload services to facilities nationwide
  • In-facility product assessment, packaging and loading
  • Transportation of waste for secure recycling, treatment or disposal
  • On-line tracking of waste profiles, manifests, and invoicing
Healthcare Solutions Programs 

Because our healthcare clients have differing needs, our programs can be customized to help achieve compliance and sustainability.

Biohazardous Decontamination Services 

Protect your business and employees with a multi-faceted decontamination service plan designed to reduce the risk of additional exposure and contagion. Our team of highly trained and experienced personnel provide comprehensive service and support for known or suspected cases of COVID, Ebola, SARS, H1N1 and more.

Pharmaceutical Disposal Services 

Safe and secure disposal of pharmacy waste ensures you maintain compliance and favorable brand recognition. We have the unique ability to handle your non-hazardous and hazardous pharmaceutical waste streams through our Segregated Waste Program.

Segregated Waste Program 

Containers of pharmaceutical waste can be picked up at the same time that general hazardous material waste is picked up through a Less than Truckload service. Our certified DEA professionals use innovative tools and technology to classify your pharmaceutical waste in the same way hazardous material waste is classified.

Pharmaceutical Waste Management Program 

Safe and compliant disposal of controlled substances is essential to better protect our communities from harm. Republic Services has dedicated solutions in place to support the needs of pharmacies, laboratories and manufacturing facilities.

We provide secure pick-up, transportation and disposal of waste, including off-spec, out-of-date and returned products. The combination of our facilities, DEA permits, DOT-certified trucks and technicians and certified Lab Pack chemists provides you with unequaled service and solutions you can trust.

Pharmaceutical Waste Management Program  

Our Environmental, Health and Safety and Regulatory professionals review all elements of your complicated pharmaceutical waste management disposal – and keep you informed of the latest regulatory changes and their potential impact. Our teams optimize the most sustainable and innovative solutions to dispose of your pharmaceuticals safely and compliantly to reduce your generator status and your costs.

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Why Republic Services?

  • Most comprehensive environmental solutions, recycling and waste services
  • Innovative technology
  • Comprehensive solutions for hazardous and non-hazardous waste
  • Safety and compliance with hazardous waste leaders
  • Nationwide network of owned and operated disposal assets
  • 99.9% pickup reliability record in waste treatment, recovery, disposal and logistics for non-hazardous waste*

* 99.9% proven daily pickup rate based on missed pickup data for commercial and residential customers from April 2021 to March 2022


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Environmental Services

At Republic Services, we’re dedicated to creating a cleaner, safer, healthier world for all. Working with our customers, we provide solutions that make businesses more efficient while taking care of the planet – and protecting the bottom line.

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