Last Updated: February 8, 2022

This policy ("Cookie Policy") is issued by Stericycle, Inc. and its affiliates (referred to as "STERICYCLE", "we", "us" or "our") and provides information on how we use cookies and similar technologies on our websites ("STERICYCLE-Websites"). The information set out in this Cookie Policy is in addition to our Privacy Notice, which provides comprehensive information about how we use your personal data both on the STERICYCLE websites and offline. You can read our Privacy Notice; and if you require further information on how we collect, process, and use personal data, please contact

NOTE: Not all STERICYCLE websites use cookies or similar technologies and, where required by applicable laws, you will be notified where cookies are used by a clear banner/pop-up providing more information on the cookies used for a particular site.  

Please read this Cookie Policy carefully for more details about the information we collect when using our websites and where we use cookies.  

If you have any questions regarding the below, please contact us at:   

This Cookie Policy sets out:

  • What cookies are;
  • An overview of the cookies we use;
  • How Stericycle uses cookies and similar technologies;
  • Managing your cookie settings;
  • How else to avoid cookies;
  • How to obtain more information.  

What are cookies?

When you visit STERICYCLE-Websites, or view our services online, we or an authorized third party may send you a cookie. Cookies are small text files located in your browser directory that may be placed on your device. When a website is accessed, a cookie that is placed on a device will send information to the party that has placed the cookie. Each cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value (usually a unique number). For a more thorough explanation of what cookies are and how they operate, please visit or  

An overview of the cookies we use on the STERICYCLE-Websites

First-Party and Third-Party Cookies

Our STERICYCLE-Websites may place first-party cookies and allow third parties to place cookies on your device. The difference between a first-party cookie and a third-party cookie relates to the control of the party who places the cookie. First-party cookies are cookies that are specific to the website that created them. Their use enables us to operate an efficient service and to track the patterns of behavior of website users. Third-party cookies, on the other hand, are placed on your device by a third party (i.e., not by STERICYCLE). While we may allow third parties access to the STERICYCLE-Websites to place these cookies on your devices, we do not retain control over the information supplied by the cookies, nor do we retain access to that data. This information is controlled wholly by that third party in accordance with their respective privacy policy.

Session and Persistent Cookies

Our STERICYCLE-Websites may place session and persistent cookies on your device. Whereas the difference between a first-party and third-party cookie relates to the party controlling the initial placement of the cookie on your device, the difference between a session and a persistent cookie relates to the length of time the cookie lasts. Session cookies are cookies that typically last for as long as you are using your browser, or browser session. When you end your browser session, the cookie expires. Persistent cookies, as the name implies, are persistent and will last after you close your browser session. This allows for quicker and often more convenient access to our websites.

Clear GIFs/Web Beacons

Clear GIFs (also known as Web Beacons) are typically transparent and very small graphic images (usually 1-pixel x 1-pixel) that are placed on a website, which may be included in our services provided via our STERICYCLE-Websites, and typically work in conjunction with cookies to identify our users and user behavior.

How We Use Cookies and Similar Technologies

We may use cookies and collected information to: (i) personalize our STERICYCLE-Websites and the services provided via our STERICYCLE-Websites, such as remembering your information so that you will not have to re-enter it when using our STERICYCLE-Websites and the services provided via our STERICYCLE-Websites; (ii) provide customized advertisements, content, and information; (iii) monitor and analyze the effectiveness of our STERICYCLE-Websites and the services provided via our STERICYCLE-Websites and third-party marketing activities; (iv) monitor aggregate site usage metrics such as total number of visitors and pages viewed; and (v) track your entries, submissions, and status in promotions or other activities offered through our STERICYCLE-Websites and the services provided.

The use of cookies also helps us manage and improve the usability of the STERICYCLE-Websites by (i) detecting whether there has been any contact between your computer and us in the past; and (ii) identifying areas of interest related to our STERICYCLE-Websites.

For additional details about cookies, please refer to the table below:

Type of CookieExplanation of CookieInformation (Personal Data) Collected by a Cookie

These cookies are essential for the operation of our STERICYCLE-Websites. They make it possible for you to browse and use our STERICYCLE-Websites. If you disable these cookies, the functionality of the STERICYCLE-Websites will be limited. Example: PHPSESSID

If you delete, or choose not to accept, such necessary cookies, you may not be able to utilize the features of the services provided via our STERICYCLE-Websites to their fullest potential.

These necessary cookies do not process personal data as they do not identify you as an individual.
PerformanceThese cookies help us to understand how you (as a website user) interact with our STERICYCLE-Websites by providing information about which areas are visited, how much time is spent on the website, and about issues that are encountered, such as error messages. This helps us to improve the performance of our STERICYCLE-Websites.
Example: Google Analytics
All data is collected and aggregated anonymously.
PreferenceThese cookies remember the choices you make such as your username, preferred language, or the region you are in to provide a more personalized online experience. Example: NID

Loss of the information stored in a preference cookie may make the website experience less efficient but should not prevent it from working.  However, if you do not accept these cookies, it may affect the performance and functionality of the website and may restrict access to content on the website.
The information these functionality cookies collect may include personal data that you have provided and disclosed, such as your username or region.
Targeted / Advertising

These targeting / advertising cookies are used to deliver content that is more relevant to you and your interests. They may be used to deliver specific advertising or to restrict or limit the number of instances you see an advertisement. They also help us measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on the STERICYCLE-Websites or third-party websites.

We may use these cookies to remember websites you have visited, and we may share this information with other parties, including advertisers. Example: Facebook Website Custom Audience

These cookies usually track you via your IP address and may collect some personal data about you.
Social Plug-insSocial Plug-Ins create a connection between the server of a website where a Social Plug-In is placed and the server of the social media platform (e.g., Facebook or Twitter), which is embedded on the website. By doing this, data may be shared between the website and the social media platform. Social Plug-Ins also use cookies, which are used to present you tailored advertisements and content at the relevant social media platform.  Example: Facebook Share ButtonThe information Social Plug-Ins may collect include IP-address and Cookie-ID.

Managing your cookie settings

When visiting STERICYCLE-Websites that use cookies, we might ask you for your consent to place the cookies on your device, to the extent that this is required by the laws of your location. We also provide the option to customize your browser settings on the STERICYCLE-Websites. You can choose which cookies you want to activate for our STERICYCLE-Websites and which you want to deactivate by:

  • clicking the "Manage Consent" button on the cookie banner, or anytime thereafter by clicking on the shield icon in the bottom left-hand corner of any website page (if applicable in your location); or
  • visiting the Cookie Preference Center.

Furthermore, your web browser may provide you with some options regarding cookies. For more detailed information about how to disable or administer your cookie settings in your web browser, please refer to the applicable page for the browser you are using:

You can withdraw your consent to allow for cookies, change your browser settings, and delete the cookies already stored on your computer at any time. Please note that if you delete, or choose not to accept, cookies, you may not be able to utilize the features of the services provided via our STERICYCLE-Websites to their fullest potential.   

Turning off third-party cookies

You can turn off certain third-party targeting/advertising cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative:

How else can I avoid cookies?

You can delete cookies on your device and/or you may change the cookie settings of your browser or device. Please check your browser settings for more information. You may also be able to avoid certain cookies by configuring your browser settings or opting out directly with the party that operates and controls the cookie. Please check your browser settings for more information. Please note that some parts of our STERICYCLE-Websites and other webpages and mobile apps will not function correctly if you disable cookies.

What if I have questions?

If after reading this Cookie Policy, you have any additional questions please contact

Modifications to this cookie policy

Stericycle reserves the right to change this Cookie Policy at any time. Any changes to this Cookie Policy will be effective immediately after posting the latest version on our STERICYCLE-Websites.

This Cookie Policy was last updated on February 8, 2022.