Medical and pharmaceutical waste from households


Household medical waste management guidance
Safely manage infectious waste and medicines in the home.

Preparing medical wastes to make them safer for disposal
How to safely dispose of medical waste if a community-based or commercial collection program is not available.


  • If you've undergone treatment with radiopharmaceuticals for a disease like thyroid cancer, some wastes you produce may be contaminated with residual radiation.
  • Certain wastes may have to be temporarily stored, typically for a week or more, before placing them out with your trash.
  • You and your caregiver should closely follow the instructions provided by your doctor about waste disposal.

Solid waste guidance and policy

Community resources