Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

To ensure public safety pharmaceutical waste, such as out of date medicines and other controlled drugs, is destroyed by specialist waste management companies like Novus Environmental.

What is Pharmaceutical Waste?

Typically pharmaceutical waste is classified into three main categories: prescription only drugs, over the counter medicines, and research and development drugs. However it also includes glass bottles and vials, flu-absorbers, de-nurturing kits, cytotoxic and cytostatic drugs.

Pharmaceutical waste is generally produced by the healthcare sector, including hospitals, GP surgeries, dental practices, nursing homes, zoological institutes, as well as research laboratories and veterinary practices.

Novus Environmental Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Our comprehensive service for pharmaceutical waste assists you in meeting your responsibilities under The Waste Framework Directive (2006/12/EC), as a result your medicine disposal is entirely compliant.

From UN approved consumables to Waste Transfer Note paperwork, we provide a proficient and compliant waste management solution for your pharmaceutical waste. We collect and dispose of expired, unwanted and part used or unused drugs, as well as medicines returned from take-back incentives, with no minimum or maximum restriction on volumes. We can arrange for an authorised home approved site personnel to witness and confirm the destruction.

Witnessed Disposal – Legal Requirement

For many companies and brand managers it is not just for “peace of mind”; there is also a legal requirement to ensure that counterfeit products or controlled drugs are destroyed and can’t re-enter the market. Therefore we are happy to accommodate clients who wish to witness the destruction of these materials.

Secure Waste Disposal Site & Vetted Staff

To ensure the security of our sites staff are on the premises 24 hours a day. In addition barriers and gated entrances provide extra security.

We fully vet all staff, they are subject to disclosure and regular driving licence checks. We also ask them to sign a confidentiality agreement as a condition of their employment.

CCTV recorded destruction & Certificates of Destruction

Our secure destruction service includes a fully operational 24 hour CCTV system that closely monitors the site and additionally offers our clients a permanent recorded record for you files if required. For further assurance we issue a Certificate of Destruction.

Brand Protection

Peace-of-mind comes from knowing that obsolete and damaged stock can’t re-enter the market. Consequently we offer a recording of the destruction from our CCTV as a permanent record.

We Work With

We work with a range of companies including NHS Trusts, Research Laboratories, and animal welfare charities. Our aim is to assist these organisations and others to help with pharmaceutical waste disposal and waste classification and segregation.

What Next?

To find out how Novus Environmental can help your company email us or use the enquiry form at the top of the page.

Call 0330 221 1281 for all your waste management needs



The Campus has been using Novus Environmental for nearly 20 years now. The quantity of waste that we now dispose of has more than doubled in those years. We have always found them to both competitive and cooperative.The service is just as good now as it was then.