Clean Harbors provides safe, efficient environmental and waste management solutions to thousands of Retail locations across North America.

Retailers face a host of regulatory and operational challenges that can divert time and resources from their core business. Clean Harbors lifts this burden, providing comprehensive environmental services including collection and disposal of damaged, discarded, or recalled products; recycling of light bulbs, oil, oil filters, engine fluids and other materials; and on-site cleanup activities.

With proven expertise, extensive equipment inventory and broad capabilities, Clean Harbors manages retailers’ environmental needs, allowing them to focus on their business and bottom line.

Learn about our Retail Disaster Recovery Services

Retail Industry Services We Provide 

  • Damaged and discarded goods management
  • Recalled products collection and management
  • DEA controlled substance management
  • Used oil and oil filter collection, and other combustion engine fluids
  • Catch basin cleaning
  • Oil/Water separator cleaning
  • Light bulb recycling services
  • Used batteries collection and recycling
  • Emergency and rapid response to store spills and upset events
  • Materials and supplies to hold and prepare waste for transport per DOT or TDG guidelines
  • Management reports related to hazardous waste activities


DEA Controlled Substance Management

DEA Controlled Substance Management


 We own and operate the only RCRA Incinerator in North America approved as a DEA Reverse Distributor.
We own and operate the only RCRA Incinerator in North America approved as a DEA Reverse Distributor.

Clean Harbors provides secure transportation and destruction of all types of DEA controlled substances including off-spec, out-of-date and returned products.

Transporting DEA controlled substances with Clean Harbors could not be simpler. Our personnel complete the required transfer paperwork, and our Company-owned trucks deliver the substances to our facilities for disposal. Afterward, we provide a Certificate of Destruction certifying the proper disposal of each controlled substance shipment. We also provide the following security provisions:

  • Shipment tracking
  • On-site vaulting at our Aragonite, Utah, facility
  • Witness destruction

DEA-Approved Reverse Distributor

Clean Harbors is the only RCRA Incinerator in North America that is also approved as a DEA Reverse Distributor. As such, Clean Harbors assumes full chain-of-custody ownership of Schedule I-V controlled substances from the pickup at the customer’s site to transportation and complete destruction. Our experts ensure:

  • Product security
  • Documentation and reporting to required federal agencies
  • Accurate segregation of hazardous and non-hazardous drugs 
  • Material ownership continuity 

Clean Harbors DEA Registration Number:  RC0331049