We found this informative article to share with our clients. â€œA common and dangerous practice is putting expired medication in with your red bag waste. While this illegal practice is most commonly associated with hospitals, any pharmacy that offers vaccines or shots will generate regulated medical waste. In that case, itâ€™s vitally important you donâ€™t throw any expired drugs in with your regulated waste.
Proper regulated medical waste disposal involves treatment in a medical waste autoclave, and that sterilization process does not properly treat expired medicine. That is, the drugs will still be dangerous when they are introduced into a landfill after treatment.â€