Pharmaceutical Waste

Pharmaceutical waste consists of pharmaceutical (drug, remedy/medicinal substances) or other chemical substances specified in the Poisons List (Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1996). Pharmaceutical waste includes expired or discarded pharmaceuticals, substances no longer required by patients or departments and waste materials/substances generated during the manufacture and administration of pharmaceuticals. All pharmaceutical bins are lockable, lined with orange PVC plastic bags, have orange lids and/or bodies and are accompanied by bin stickers to ensure clear identification.


Medical wastes are stored, transported and disposed of differently to general waste and the management of clinical wastes must comply with specific Legislative and Occupational Health and Safety guidelines.