Our Commitment to Health and Safety

Our global Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Statement guides our commitment to safe, environmentally responsible, and sustainable operations as we work to safeguard the people and communities we serve.

Occupational Safety

Stericycle is committed to a safe workplace for our team members, as well as contractors, visitors, and the communities we serve. We foster a culture of accountability, combined with appropriate workplace policies, comprehensive operational procedures, and a global environmental management system for monitoring performance, to support our pursuit of corporate safety.

Protecting Communities

Stericycle was established in response to needles and syringes washing up on shores, and our commitment to protecting the environment via the safe disposal of medical waste and sharps has only intensified since then. In the past year, we safely disposed of 40 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste, protecting communities and waterways. We treated 1.5 billion pounds of medical waste, preventing exposure to potential infections. And we shred and recycle 1.1 billion pounds of paper per year, reducing deforestation. Additionally, we offer safe and convenient drug take back and sharps collection and disposal solutions for pharmacies, hospitals, law enforcement, public spaces, employers, governments, and drug coalitions to protect the communities they serve.

Healthcare Crisis Response

With over 30 years of experience partnering with healthcare organizations, we understand the importance of protecting team members, frontline workers, patients, and communities in times of crisis. In 2014, we were tasked by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to dispose of waste from the Ebola outbreak. Stericycle also provided essential RMW disposal during the 2003 SARs outbreak and the 2009 H1N1 outbreak.

Similarly, we’ve worked closely with federal and state agencies to provide guidance on the best course of actions to properly manage medical waste generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to work with the CDC, OSHA, the DOT, and state regulatory agencies to help our customers navigate the pandemic and resulting regulatory changes.

We also quickly mobilized operations and created new programs to address the medical waste associated with testing and treatment, PPE disposal in workplace, and the unprecedented influx of vaccination waste from COVID-19. Our work during the pandemic earned us a Business Intelligence Group 2020 Company of the Year Award and a Silver Stevie® Award in the 19th Annual American Business Awards®.

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