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Stericycle Overview: Coronavirus Response and Services

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Last updated 3/3/2021

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, and 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.

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


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

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

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

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

Waste Today - Troy University receives PPE recycling grant

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

The Wall Street Journal - Trash Industry Braces for Potential Deluge of Coronavirus Waste

Yahoo! News - Medical Waste Industry Braces for Flood of Virus-Contaminated Trash

Bloomberg - The Sky-High Cost of Disinfecting American Businesses

Waste360 - Coronavirus Impacts Hit Solid Waste Managers, Generators

Waste360 - Managing COVID-19 Waste: Guidance Amid a Global Pandemic

Waste Today - The First Days On The Front Line

WasteDive - Medical Waste Companies Preparing For Potentially Elevated Volumes As Coronavirus Concerns Accelerate

WasteDive - Stericycle: Medical Waste Volumes From Covid-19 Not As High As Ebola So Far

Waste360 - Navigating the New Normal in Waste Compliance

Fox Business - Stericycle handled Ebola, H1N1 before coronavirus