Educational Institution Medical Waste Disposal and Compliance Solutions

Stericycle provides educational institutions with an array of safe and compliant solutions to manage regulated medical waste and compliance requirements. 

Stericycle is the trusted partner to thousands of educational institutions across the U.S.

Stericycle enables educational institutions to maintain regulatory compliance by providing regulated medical waste management and compliance solutions that protect people and brands, promote health and well-being, and safeguard the environment.

Educational institutions generate medical waste in many forms, be it through practical tutorials in class, on-campus health center, or day-to-day operations. With the variety of scenarios where regulated waste can be generated, it is important to provide safe and compliant disposal solutions and trainings for educators and staff at your facility.

At Stericycle, we appreciate how important it is for you to learn or teach about medical and surgical best practices, whether you are a student, a professor or educator, or a nurse. We also understand the effort it takes to handle the different regulated waste streams, while running an environment where the stakeholders in your facility are up to date with regulatory requirements.

We customize our solutions for your needs, whether you are a local community school district or a large university or college preparing the leaders of tomorrow. 

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Recommended Waste Disposal Solutions for Educational Institutions

Our solutions offer a variety of safe, secure, and compliant container options for the following types of waste generated in your facility. 

Biohazardous Medical Waste

Stericycle Biohazardous Medical Waste Solutions provide educational facilities with the compliant collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of regulated waste generated from day-to-day care procedures in campus health centers, nurses’ offices, or during practical tutorials.

We recommend all regulated medical waste or red bag waste, including any items saturated with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), such as bandages, gauze, PPE, or tubes, be disposed of safely in marked containers and stored for pickup.

Sharps Waste

Stericycle Sharps Solutions provide a range of containers and service options for the disposal of waste generated from lab dissections or in regular health procedures such as vitamin or allergy shots.

We recommend all sharps waste, such as blades, pipettes, testing slides, needles, or scalpels, be disposed of in a designated sharps container to reduce needlestick injuries and keep employees safe.

Easily collect and dispose of small quantities of sharps with our self-serve mail back kit that includes a pre-paid shipping box and return labels for your convenience.

We also provide solutions for sharps generated by public, as patients seek the privacy of restrooms to discretely and safely inject their medication used to treat chronic illnesses, such as diabetes.

Pharmaceutical Waste

Stericycle Pharmaceutical Waste Solutions provide safe and compliant disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous medication waste including expired, partially used, or contaminated medication or ointments prescribed to students at the campus health center. 

We recommend medication waste be classified and disposed of in the respective containers for hazardous waste, non-hazardous waste, or controlled substance wastage only.

We also provide your patients (ultimate users) with mail back envelopes for disposal of unused consumer medications including pills and liquids.

Trace Chemotherapy Waste

Stericycle’s Biohazardous Medical Waste Disposal Solutions enable you to safely dispose of chemotherapy waste generated from treatment on animals.

We recommend all chemotherapy waste, including vials with trace amounts, undispensed products, IVs, needles and syringes, personal protective equipment, and contaminated materials from spill cleanups be properly segregated, packaged, labeled for safe pickup and marked for incineration.

Pathological Waste

Stericycle Biohazardous Medical Waste Solutions allow for the safe disposal of pathological waste generated from educational practicals, such as human body parts, organs, tissues, and surgical specimens. Your educational institution is likely to generate this type of waste if you offer programs where students can get practical experience with surgery or have an on-site campus health center that performs surgeries.

We recommend you and your staff properly segregate, package, and dispose of pathological waste generated from your facility in containers marked for incineration only.

Confidential Information and Documents

Our Shred-it® secure information destruction service provides safe and secure destruction of paperwork generated through serving stakeholders in your community, including educators and students, that contains confidential information, such as names, addresses, or phone numbers. 

We recommend all confidential information be locked in secure consoles prior to being securely shredded with Shred-it.

Biohazardous Medical Waste

Stericycle Biohazardous Medical Waste Solutions provide educational facilities with the compliant collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of regulated waste generated from day-to-day care procedures in campus health centers, nurses’ offices, or during practical tutorials.

We recommend all regulated medical waste or red bag waste, including any items saturated with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), such as bandages, gauze, PPE, or tubes, be disposed of safely in marked containers and stored for pickup.

Sharps Waste

Stericycle Sharps Solutions provide a range of containers and service options for the disposal of waste generated from lab dissections or in regular health procedures such as vitamin or allergy shots.

We recommend all sharps waste, such as blades, pipettes, testing slides, needles, or scalpels, be disposed of in a designated sharps container to reduce needlestick injuries and keep employees safe.

Easily collect and dispose of small quantities of sharps with our self-serve mail back kit that includes a pre-paid shipping box and return labels for your convenience.

We also provide solutions for sharps generated by public, as patients seek the privacy of restrooms to discretely and safely inject their medication used to treat chronic illnesses, such as diabetes.

Pharmaceutical Waste

Stericycle Pharmaceutical Waste Solutions provide safe and compliant disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous medication waste including expired, partially used, or contaminated medication or ointments prescribed to students at the campus health center. 

We recommend medication waste be classified and disposed of in the respective containers for hazardous waste, non-hazardous waste, or controlled substance wastage only.

We also provide your patients (ultimate users) with mail back envelopes for disposal of unused consumer medications including pills and liquids.

Trace Chemotherapy Waste

Stericycle’s Biohazardous Medical Waste Disposal Solutions enable you to safely dispose of chemotherapy waste generated from treatment on animals.

We recommend all chemotherapy waste, including vials with trace amounts, undispensed products, IVs, needles and syringes, personal protective equipment, and contaminated materials from spill cleanups be properly segregated, packaged, labeled for safe pickup and marked for incineration.

Pathological Waste

Stericycle Biohazardous Medical Waste Solutions allow for the safe disposal of pathological waste generated from educational practicals, such as human body parts, organs, tissues, and surgical specimens. Your educational institution is likely to generate this type of waste if you offer programs where students can get practical experience with surgery or have an on-site campus health center that performs surgeries.

We recommend you and your staff properly segregate, package, and dispose of pathological waste generated from your facility in containers marked for incineration only.

Confidential Information and Documents

Our Shred-it® secure information destruction service provides safe and secure destruction of paperwork generated through serving stakeholders in your community, including educators and students, that contains confidential information, such as names, addresses, or phone numbers. 

We recommend all confidential information be locked in secure consoles prior to being securely shredded with Shred-it.

Recommended Compliance Solutions for Educational Institutions

Our regulatory experts serve educational institutions across the U.S. and understand the importance of safety and medical waste compliance protocols.

Stericycle’s suite of Steri-Safe® Compliance Solutions enable you to easily manage your HIPAA and OSHA compliance requirements in formats that suit your educational institution’s needs. From online solutions to in-person step-by-step guidance, we will help students, professors or educators, and nurses stay compliant.

On-Site HIPAA and OSHA Expertise

Our HIPAA and OSHA experts will visit on-site to train your staff and conduct a HIPAA Privacy & Security Gap Analysis and a 150-point mock-OSHA facility evaluation to help you identify your risks of non-compliance and provide you with actionable recommendations.

Centralized Online Training

Access online trainings for the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Hazard Communication Standards as well as HIPAA regulations. Our Online Training Center allows you to assign trainings to staff and track completion, so you can easily maintain compliance.

On-Demand Compliance Resources

Unlock a variety of HIPAA and OSHA compliance resources, including our database of over 10M Safety Data Sheets (SDS), customizable OSHA Safety Plan Templates, HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals, and HIPAA Policy Templates to remain compliant. 

Compliance Training Requirements for Educational Institutions


*Remember to consider state regulatory requirements as compliance requirements may vary.

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, HHS OCR: Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, DOT: Department of Transportation

Questions about your waste and compliance requirements?
Contact your local Stericycle compliance specialist today.

Why Stericycle?

When you choose Stericycle, you are selecting a partner with the resources to work with and stand by you when things are easy and when they are hard so you can focus on what matters most – providing a safe and conducive environment for learning and professional development and the safety of your employees. 

Industry Leader

Industry leader with over 30 years of experience managing the collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of regulated waste.

Regulatory Experts

Customizable solutions with one partner managing regulated medical waste streams, HIPAA and OSHA compliance, and secure information destruction.

Customized Solutions

Reliable on-time service delivered by a nationwide network of treatment facilities, state-of-the-art fleet of trucks, proprietary real-time tracking systems, and qualified service operators.

One Partner

Dedicated team of on-site and off-site regulatory experts and online customer portal, MyStericycle.com, featuring a breadth of on-demand compliance trainings, tools, and resources.

Customer Service

Seamless customer experience delivered through easy onboarding, convenient online account management, and accessible client support.

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