A recent memorandum from an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official to the EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act division directors recommended that household pharmaceuticals collected in take-back programs be incinerated either by a permitted hazardous waste combustor or, when that's not possible, a large or small municipal waste combustor. Law enforcement agencies, communities and organizations, including hospitals, have instituted take-back programs to collect old, unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals.
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EPA memo recommends take-back drugs be incinerated
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