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Pharmaceutical Waste Australia

To understand what goes into proper pharmaceutical waste disposal and waste handling, and it’s important to have an understanding of the particular waste stream for accurate waste classification.

The definition of Pharmaceutical Waste is, waste referring to:

In Australia, the handling and disposal of pharmaceutical waste comes with safety, regulatory, and environmental issues. Ace Waste’s experienced team provides a complete end-to-end solution for your pharmaceutical waste disposal, adhering to relevant all government regulations.

Read more below.

Safe & Compliant Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Pharmaceutical waste in Australia, includes waste items (and their by-products) that may have expired, may no longer be required, or may have been recalled/overrun. This also includes the raw material generated during manufacture and any residual, spilt or broken materials of any pharmaceutical type product.

Examples of pharmaceutical waste:

  • Vials and containers (full, partly empty or used)
  • Prescription medications (capsule or tablet)
  • Controlled drugs
  • Syringes/sharps containing pharmaceutical or pharmaceutical residues
  • Connecting tubing
  • General pharmaceutical products

The pharmaceutical waste destruction process itself creates minimal impact on the environment.

  • Expired medications (out of date/recalled)

    Expired and out of date medications are types of pharmaceutical waste Australia. Expired medications can come in various forms, such as tablets, powders, gel caps, liquids etc. All of these waste forms should be correctly disposed of to ensure safe and complete destruction.

  • Pharmaceutical stock (remnants/no longer required)

    Pharmaceutical stock arises from the manufacture and/or production and formulation of pharmaceutical goods. Pharmaceutical stock comes in various quantities and formats, from bulk containers of tables, to liquids and gels etc.

  • Pharmaceutical sharps waste

    Pharmaceutical sharps waste, subject to its point of generation, refers to sharps which can often contain pharmaceuticals or pharmaceutical residues. This type of sharps waste needs to be treated as pharmaceutical waste to ensure that any residues are correctly destroyed.

    Learn more about sharps waste

Ace Waste provide specialist pharmaceutical waste solutions

Learn more about our process and our point of difference.

Benefits of Pharmaceutical waste incineration

Legally, all forms of pharmaceutical and cytotoxic waste must be incinerated by a licensed authority, and all parties who come into contact with the material should be monitored regularly for compliance.

Our innovative high-temperature incineration waste treatment method assures complete destruction of waste (including all by-products and remnants) and therefore is the only option that meets these stringent standards.

Pharmaceutical Waste audit and management strategy

Increase your efficiencies and maintain your corporate compliance. The benefits of waste audit and detailed waste pharmaceutical waste management strategy are mult-faceted and will uncover any pharmaceutical waste-related processes that are not being managed optimally.

This means staying on the right side of regulations, as well as reducing undue costs in managing waste for your clinic or other organisation.

An ecologically sustainable alternative

Efficient biomedical waste management is a cornerstone of sustainable and ecologically-renewable business practice. Our high-temperature incineration method not only saves you the risk of incurring infringement penalties, but it lessens the environmental impact of waste becoming landfill. Dangerous pathogens can lie dormant in the earth after being disposed of in landfill with the risk of leachate leaking into our waterways, making Ace Waste’s services the ecologically sustainable alternative.

Trackable disposal

Using our patented Ace Waste Live™ Tracking System, we can track the transfer and disposal process of your waste in real-time. Know where and how your waste is being disposed of to give you more control over your business systems and reporting. It’s a far superior way of managing your waste.

Pharmaceutical Waste

We’ve worked with various industry sectors

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Medical Practitioners



Pharmaceutical Industries

Beauty Clinics/Shops

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Frequently Asked Questions

Still have some queries? See if we can help answer some of them.

  • How does your service work?

    Our service process is quite simple: we supply the waste containers and collect them as per the agreed schedule. We will then dispose of them in our incineration facility, where all waste will be completely destroyed.

  • Can I bring waste to your facility for disposal?

    Ace Waste currently provides a collection and disposal service for our clients. If you would like to discuss options regarding disposal of waste please contact our team at your nearest facility to discuss.

    Please see our Contact Us page for more details.

  • Is Ace Waste EPA compliant for pharmaceutical waste?

    Ace Waste Brisbane and Melbourne incineration facilities have EPA approval for the handling and destruction of high-risk waste streams, such as pharmaceutical waste disposal.

  • Does the Ace Waste driver decant the waste from the bin?

    Ace Waste provides an exchange service for all waste containers. In this process, all supplied waste containers are brought back to our facility for weighing, emptying and disposal of the waste material. The containers are then cleaned prior to being returned.

    Please see our list of available Waste disposal services.

  • Do I need an account?

    Ace Waste offers pay in advance/cash sale options for everything except ongoing services relating to Ace’s assets. Talk to our team and we can find a flexible solution for you.

  • Can I dispose of Sharps Containers purchased elsewhere?

    Yes, all sharps containers can be collected and disposed of by Ace Waste. Sharps containers can also be placed into Ace Waste supplied Clinical Waste bin to ensure the safe collection, transport and disposal of the waste.

    Ace Waste can also supply new containers at the time of service. Please see our list of available Products.

  • Is there a minimum contract?

    There are no minimum contracts when it comes to working with Ace Waste.

    Please Contact Us for any enquiries you might have.

  • Can I pay using a credit card?

    Ace Waste provides the ability to pay using credit card. Please contact our team to assist with your payment. Unfortunately, we do not accept American Express cards (AMEX).

    Please see our Contact Us page for details.


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