Frequently Asked Questions

What accreditations does Assured Waste Solutions have?

Assured Waste has been accredited as follows:

  • NC-FDA permitted
  • DEA Reverse Distributor Registrant for the destruction of both Non-Controlled & Controlled Substances I-V
  • NC Controlled Substance registrant
  • DENR permitted biohazardous waste processing facility
  • EPA permitted large quantity transfer station
  • Board of Pharmacy licensed in select states (see map under Services/Mail Back)

What Biohazard Services does Assured Waste Solutions provide?

Assured Waste Solutions is a full service pickup and processing facility, processing around 2,000,000 pounds of waste in an average year currently. We employee our own highly trained drivers who carry out service pickups throughout North Carolina and South Carolina on a daily basis and receive waste deliveries from many other transport only service providers in the region. waste IMG_7714  

What states are Assure Waste Solutions RMW/Biohazard services provided in?

Assured Waste Solutions RMW/Biohazard services are available in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina.

What are the biggest hazards Assured Waste Solutions encounters?

 The biggest hazard we encounter at AWS is improper packaging of biohazard waste such as sharps. 

We can’t express how important it is to make sure that needles are being placed in an approved puncture resistant sharps container and sealed properly so that needles cant shift and fall out leaving them loose inside of the box.  This not only is a hazard for practice employees handling the waste but also for our drivers and warehouse staff who pickup the waste for transport and processing. 

Should a needle stick happen it is and unwelcomed injury and potential exposure to harmful and/or deadly bacteria. 

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What states are Assure Waste Solutions pharmaceutical Mail-Back service provided in?

Non-Controlled OTC/Rx Nationwide services are available.   Controlled Substances I-V AWS is licensed to receive and process for destruction from all states in TEAL. Services are not currently available for States highlighted in Orange. AWS Licensing Map 02252016  

How does the Pharmaceutical Mail-Back Program for OTC and Rx work?

Assured Waste Solutions pharmaceutical mail-back program for OTC and Rx was designed to offer an easy and simple solution for destruction of your unwanted pharmaceuticals in 7 simple steps.

  1. Submit an order for the container of your choosing based on your current needs.
  2. Your order will be shipped along with all necessary items for packaging and return shipping.
  3. Once you receive the bucket you will fill it with unused, unwanted, or expired OTC/Rx drugs either until it is full or you are simply ready to send it back.  There is no time frame that it must be returned.
  4. Once you are ready to ship the container back, you will follow the step by step outline provided to you and the supplies to prepare your shipment.
  5. Call or go online to UPS.com to schedule your pickup.  All the information you need to do this at no additional charge is in the instructions provided to you.
  6. Your package will be received at AWS and logged.  If you’ve signed up for the Automatic Reload option, we will ship you another container.
  7. Your waste will be destroyed by incineration through a 2 party witness procedure and a COD will be mailed to you for proof of destruction.

How does the pharmaceutical Mail-Back program for Scheduled I-V work?

Assured Waste Solutions pharmaceutical mail-back program for Schedules I-V was designed to offer an easy and simple solution for destruction of your unwanted pharmaceuticals in 11 simple steps.

  1. Submit an order for the container of your choosing based on your current needs.
  2. Your order will be shipped along with all necessary items for packaging and return shipping.
  3. Once you receive the bucket you will fill it with unused, unwanted, or expired Controlled Substances either until it is full or you are simply ready to send it back.  There is no time frame that it must be returned.
  4. Once your bucket is full you must use the provided Inventory Transfer form to verify and inventory all scheduled items being sent for destruction.
  5. Send the completed inventory transfer form to Assured Waste Solutions via email or fax.
  6. Once we have completed the necessary paperwork, we will send you any DEA 222’s and or additional paperwork that may need to accompany your shipment.
  7. Upon receiving your paperwork, you will need to verify your inventory and complete date shipped. Then make a copy of the Inventory Request Form(s) and/or 222 form(s) to include with product when shipping. Place products and inventory form in shipping container/envelope. Be sure to take extra care while packaging glass items.
  8. Once you are ready to ship the container back, you will follow the step by step outline provided to you and the supplies to prepare your shipment.
  9. Call or go online to UPS.com to schedule your pickup.  All the information you need to do this at no additional charge is in the instructions provided to you.
  10. Your package will be received at AWS and logged.  If you’ve signed up for the Automatic Reload option, we will ship you another container.
  11. Your waste will be destroyed by incineration through a 2 party witness procedure and a COD will be mailed to you for proof of destruction.

Who receives and processes pharmaceuticals received at Assured Waste Solutions?

Certified Pharmaceutical Technicians are a necessary part of the staff at Assured Waste Solutions so you can feel confident in your choice to utilize our services for your pharma waste needs. Our staff is highly trained and remains in compliance at all times.

How are pharmaceuticals handled and stored?

All pharmaceuticals that are delivered to Assured Waste Solutions for disposal are received, weighed, logged, and stored by a Certified Pharmaceutical Technician. AWS has a secure inventory room which can only be accessed by active CPhT employees by badge and pin key access.  Inside of the inventory room is a Vault which can only be accessed by a 2 party procedure. Pharma Processing Room Vault