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Stericycle Overview: Coronavirus Response and Services

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Last updated 4/21/2021

Cindy Miller - CEO, Stericycle Inc. Our knowledge center is intended to keep you informed on the latest guidance for Coronavirus (COVID-19) waste disposal and help you prepare for the influx of waste generated by vaccinations. It also contains information on how we plan to continue service, including changes we are making to keep our employees, our customers and their patients, and our communities as safe as possible in the process.

With over 30 years of experience partnering with healthcare organizations, we understand the importance of continuing to serve you reliably, safely, and compliantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have made many strategic decisions related to collection, transportation, and disposal of regulated wastes to ensure our supply chain functions without disruption and to protect our customers from the financial burden of the pandemic.

Our infrastructure and capacity has supported healthcare providers across the country, 1,000+ COVID-19 testing sites and 200 temporary quarantine, testing, and treatment facilities and we have been recognized as a BIG Company of the Year for our efforts. Be assured we continue to provide you industry-leading guidance and service.

We’re in it together and we always have been.

Safe and Compliant COVID-19 Solutions

Stericycle offers solutions for healthcare and non-healthcare facilities to help schedule vaccinations and testing, as well as manage medical, vaccination and PPE waste generated through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Scheduling Solutions for Vaccines and Testing

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The influx of COVID-19 patients and vaccinations require effective scheduling and reminders solutions. Implement and execute successful COVID-19 testing and vaccine programs with our HIPAA compliant online scheduling, message broadcast, and multi-channel patient communications and reminders. Click here to learn more.

COVID-19 Vaccine Disposal

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With COVID-19 vaccines deploying throughout the United States, healthcare facilities are preparing for an influx of both patients and immunization waste. Stericycle offers a variety of safe, convenient and compliant solutions tailored to manage the surge in sharps and RMW waste volume as a result of COVID-19 vaccinations. Click here to learn more.

Managing PPE in the Workplace

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To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the work environment, many companies require that employees wear personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and gloves. In addition, some companies are requiring on-site testing of employees before they return to work. Our PPE Waste Pick-up or Mailback options help to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 within the workplace for businesses of all sizes and industries. Click here to learn more.

COVID-19 Medical Waste Disposal

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Whether you’re managing an influx of patients or establishing a temporary facility, Stericycle’s national footprint allows for the rapid mobilization and flexibility required to safely handle waste from COVID-19 testing, vaccination and treatment. Click here to learn more.

Steri•Safe® COVID-19 Management Solution

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With any Steri•Safe OSHA or HIPAA Solution, you get access to a guidebook and timeline for a safe transition back to work, complete with COVID-19 online trainings and an OSHA-required respiratory protection plan for N95 respirator usage. Click here to learn how.


To learn more about our COVID-19 solutions, click here.


Business Intelligence Group 2020 Company of the Year

Stericycle is proud to be named a Business Intelligence Group 2020 Company of the Year for our work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical waste management is an essential part of stopping the spread of COVID-19, and as the largest medical waste provider in the U.S., Stericycle plays a critical role. Our operational footprint, industry expertise, and ability to scale capacity makes us unique in our ability to serve during times of extreme crises, including the current pandemic. 

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Industry Leadership You Can Trust

  • 30+

    Years Experience[1]

  • 4

    Government Affairs and Regulatory Professionals[2]

  • 200

    Full-Time Environmental Health and Safety Professionals[2]

  • 7,250

    Regulatory Inquiries Handled in 2019[3]

  • 240K

    Steri-Safe Safety Courses Completed Each Year[4]

  • 99.7

    Percent On-Time Service[5]

  • 50+

    Stericycle Owned Medical Waste Treatment Facilities[6]

  • 1,530

    Permitted Medical Waste Trucks in North America[6]

  • 1.8B

    Lbs Medical Waste Properly Managed[7]

1) Founded in 1989, Stericycle has over 30 years of experience; 2) North America for all business units as of 3/14/2020; E&HS number approximate 3) Approximate; 4) Approximate; Internet-based OSHA and HIPAA content for Steri-Safe customers; 5) Based on missed stops report for medical waste YTD through September 2016; 6) North America; Internal engineering data as of 3/14/2020; 7) 2016 data; includes Pharmaceuticals from all customers including retailers;

Stericycle in the News


The Telegram - The COVID pandemic has produced a 'staggering' amount of waste. Where is it all going?

Waste360 - Ramping Up for COVID-19 Vaccine Waste

FreightWaves - Medically Necessary: Demand surge, supply shortages complicate COVID-19 waste management

Fox Business - Stericycle is preparing to protect Americans by safely removing hazardous materials from coronavirus vaccine

Waste360 - DEA’s Drug Take Back Program Resumes After COVID Delay and Stericycle's Role

Waste Today - Troy University receives PPE recycling grant

Waste360 - There is an Increasing—and Ongoing—Need for PPE Disposal Guidance and Solutions

Waste Today - How Stericycle mitigates the risk of managing COVID-related waste

Pharmacy Practice News - Safe Disposal in the COVID-19 Era

Waste360 - Navigating the New Normal in Waste Compliance