Clean Earth Announces that its Detroit TSDF Earns Critical Drug Distributor Accreditation

  • Clean Earth’s TSDF in Detroit, MI earns accreditation demonstrating its compliance with a comprehensive set of regulatory standards and best practices for the safe and compliant destruction of prescription drugs.
  • Accreditation demonstrates compliant practices that safeguard environmental and public health.

King of Prussia, Pa. – (May 11, 2022) – Clean Earth, a division of Harsco Corporation and a leading provider in environmental and regulated waste management services, announces its treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF) in Detroit, MI has earned the Drug Distributor Accreditation, previously known as Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributors Program (VAWD), from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®). The accreditation allows the facility to expand the breadth of its reach nationwide, while confirming its distinguished status as a responsible handler of prescription drugs for destruction.

With this accreditation, Clean Earth, and its Detroit TSDF will continue to play a pivotal role in preventing the diversion of pharmaceutical waste and safeguarding against improper drug disposal and the associated environmental implications. Preventing drug diversion helps reduce the illegal sale of drugs in the marketplace, and proper disposal prevents drugs and hormones from leaching into drinking water and soil.

“Given the expertise required when handling prescription drugs, we remain vigilant through the disposal and destruction process,” said Destini Hill, Clean Earth’s new Director of Pharmacy Compliance. “This accreditation emphasizes our ongoing commitment to public and environmental safety and allows us to expand our pharmaceutical waste contracts nationally.”

Clean Earth’s Detroit TSDF received and destroyed more than 4 million pounds of prescription drugs in 2021 by rendering them non-retrievable, meaning the properties of the drugs become indistinguishable. From there, the separated elements are thermally destroyed, preventing reentry into the market and adverse environmental effects.

To earn the Drug Distributor Accreditation, Clean Earth demonstrated compliance to a comprehensive set of drug distributor regulatory standards that ensure environmental and public safety to a governing regulatory board. Clean Earth will undergo an audit in 2025, to confirm it’s continually meeting standards, to renew its accreditation.

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