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We manage all healthcare regulated waste streams including secure information destruction with expertise in related compliance training and sustainability consulting. Our network of localized team members across the country maintain a 98% on-time pickup rate.1
We reduce your risk with real-time tracking of your waste from pick up to final disposal, offering OSHA and HIPAA compliance training, and with our expertise in emergency mobilization in tandem with our robust network of treatment facilities that supports you through times of crisis.
In 2020, our eco-conscious products and sustainability guidance allowed our customers to recycle 1.1 billion pounds of paper, safely dispose of 40 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste; and avoid greenhouse gas emissions while diverting 104 million pounds of sharps waste plastic from landfills.1
1. Source: Stericycle data, 2020
Biohazardous waste is any waste saturated with liquid or semi-liquid blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Often, biohazardous waste is used interchangeably with such terms as regulated medical waste, biomedical waste, clinical waste, infectious waste and may vary in local or state regulations.
While the term hazardous waste has a specific meaning under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, generally, these wastes contain chemicals, contaminants and/or heavy metals and have properties that make it dangerous for human health or the environment.
Each of these waste streams is regulated and must be disposed of by specific means to mitigate their risk to environmental health and safety. Hazardous waste should not be mixed with biohazardous or medical waste, and each should be disposed of as separate streams. Hazardous waste should never be mixed with biohazardous or medical waste, and each should be disposed of as separate streams.
While there are a variety of treatment methods for biohazardous waste the two most common methods are autoclaving and incineration. For more information, see our What Is Regulated Medical Waste article.