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If your facility provides chemotherapy treatments, you will inevitably generate waste that will need to be properly disposed of.  Disposal of this waste is best left to a professional that can safely and properly ensure the destruction of the material.  BWS provides chemotherapy waste services to Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

A number of chemotherapy drugs are regulated as a hazardous chemical waste. These include but are not limited to:

  • Chlorambucil
  • Diethylstilbestrol
  • Streptozotocin
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Melphalan
  • Uracil mustard
  • Daunomycin
  • Mitomycin C

Hazardous Chemical Waste

Chemotherapy wastes that exhibit one or more of the EPA characteristics of a hazardous chemical waste are also regulated as a hazardous chemical waste. These characteristics are:

  • Corrosivity
  • Ignitability
  • Reactivity
  • Toxicity

Biomedical Waste

All other chemotherapy waste may be managed as a biomedical waste. This includes:

  • Trace-contaminated items generated in the preparation and administration of antineoplastic / cytotoxic drugs.

Some examples include:

  • Barriers
  • Gloves
  • Spill Clean-Up Material
  • Masks
  • Gowns
  • Empty Intravenous Bags/Bottles
  • Empty Drug Vials
  • IV Tubing

Trace Chemotherapy Waste

Vials or other containers that have less than 3% of the original contents by weight, after removing as much of the chemo medicine as feasible

Waste Includes:

  • Any empty chemotherapy containers or IV bags and tubing that did not hold either a P-listed chemotherapy medicine or a State-only hazardous waste.
  • All empty bags and tubing, needles, containers, gloves and gowns with chemo medicine remaining from use during chemo infusions.
  • Any PPE or other materials used during chemo infusions that are not visibly contaminated.

Bulk Chemotherapy Waste

Full bags or bottles and P-listed chemo drugs fall under RCRA hazardous waste regulations and must be disposed of as hazardous waste.  Waste includes, but is not limited to:

  • Any non-empty containers of chemo medicine, including IV bags and tubing.
  • Chemotherapy waste that is designated as RCRA hazardous waste or State-only dangerous waste.
  • All containers or IV bags and tubing once containing a P-listed RCRA material, including Arcenic Trioxide.
  • Any materials used to clean up a chemo spill.

RCRA waste requires specialized containment to ensure correct disposal.  BWS will work with you to provide the correct containers and the most effective collection, transport and disposal options available.

BWS will help you identify those chemotherapy drugs that must be managed as hazardous and those that can be incinerated as chemotherapeutic. BWS will advise the generator if a drug is NIOSH toxic and provide treatment options following industry accepted Best Management Procedures.

Your company is responsible for all of your waste until it is destroyed – even once it has left your facilities.  For this reason, it is incredibly important that you work with a company with a proven track record of chemotherapy waste disposal. BWS has a combined 70 years of experience in this area and the expertise to ensure that your waste is handled appropriately.

If you need chemotherapy waste services, contact us today or get a FREE quote.

"I’ve been using Biomedical Waste Services, Inc. for nearly 20 years! I’ve had superior customer service since day one with no surprises on our invoices."

- Dr. Kim

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Maryland Waste Services: Baltimore City (21201), Frederick (21701), Rockville (20847), Gaithersburg (20877), Bowie (20715), Hagerstown (21740), Annapolis (21401), College Park (20740), Westminster (21157), Eldersburg (21784), Laurel (20707), Greenbelt (20768), Cumberland (21501), Hyattsville (20781), Takoma Park (20901) and more.

Delaware Waste Services: Wilmington (19801), Newark (19702), Dover (19901), New Castle (19720), Bear (19701), Middletown (19709), Millsboro (19966), Lewes (19958), Seaford (19973), Smyrna (19977), Milford (19963), Georgetown (19947), Hockessin (19707), Laurel (19956), Claymont (19703), Rehoboth Beach (19971), and more.

Virginia Waste Services: Virginia Beach (19971), Richmond (22109), Alexandria (22301), Chesapeake (23320), Norfolk (23501), Arlington (22201), Woodbridge (22191), Henrico (23075), Newport News (23601), Roanoke (24001), Fredericksburg (22401), Fairfax (20151), Manassas (20108), Hampton (23605), Falls Church (22040), and more.

West Virginia Waste Services: Charleston (25301), Morgantown (26501), Huntington (25701), Martinsburg (25401), Parkersburg (26101), Wheeling (26003), Fairmont (26554), Beckley (25801), Princeton (24739), Clarksburg (26301), Saint Albans (05478), Weirton (26062), Hurricane (25526), Bluefield (24701), Buckhannon (26201), and more.

Pennsylvania Waste Services: Philadelphia (19019), Pittsburgh (15122), Allentown (18101), Erie (16501), Reading (19601), Scranton (18447), Bethlehem (18015), Lancaster (17573), Levittown (19054), Harrisburg (17101), Altoona (16601), Penn Hills (17653), York (17315), State College (16801), Wilkes-Barre (18701)

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