Funeral Home and Crematory Medical Waste Disposal and Compliance Solutions

Stericycle provides funeral homes and crematories an array of safe and compliant solutions to manage regulated medical waste and compliance requirements.

Stericycle is the trusted partner to thousands of funeral homes and crematories across the U.S.

Stericycle enables funeral homes and crematoriums 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.

Funeral homes and crematories require balancing multiple priorities, from supporting families in the community with planning and preparation of funeral arrangements, to managing a safe and compliant environment for the well-being of employees.  

We appreciate how important your role is in providing comfort and support to families through challenging times, whether you are a funeral director, a mortician, or a crematorium operator. We also understand the effort it takes to handle the different types of regulated waste, while running an environment where your employees and facility are up-to-date with OSHA regulatory requirements.

We customize solutions for your needs, whether you are a locally owned and operated funeral home or a funeral home with multiple locations across the U.S. Furthermore, we also offer you the convenience to safely dispose of your regulated medical waste as you support the families in your community and care for the safety of your employees.

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Recommended Waste Disposal Solutions for Funeral Homes and Crematories

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 funeral homes and crematories with the compliant collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of regulated waste. 

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, or PPE, 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 the mortuary in preparation of bodies for interment and cremation.

We recommend all sharps waste, such as needles, trocars, scalpels, scissors, and other sharp medical instruments exposed to bodily fluids and chemicals, be disposed of in a designated sharps container to reduce needlestick injuries and keep employees safe.

Pathological Waste

Stericycle Biohazardous Medical Waste Solutions allow for the safe disposal of pathological waste generated from funeral homes and crematories such as bodily fluids, organs, tissues, and surgical specimens.

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 preparing funeral arrangements and pre-planning that contain 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 funeral homes and crematories with the compliant collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of regulated waste. 

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, or PPE, 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 the mortuary in preparation of bodies for interment and cremation.

We recommend all sharps waste, such as needles, trocars, scalpels, scissors, and other sharp medical instruments exposed to bodily fluids and chemicals, be disposed of in a designated sharps container to reduce needlestick injuries and keep employees safe.

Pathological Waste

Stericycle Biohazardous Medical Waste Solutions allow for the safe disposal of pathological waste generated from funeral homes and crematories such as bodily fluids, organs, tissues, and surgical specimens.

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 preparing funeral arrangements and pre-planning that contain 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 Funeral Homes and Crematories 

Our regulatory experts have served funeral homes and crematories across the U.S. and understand the importance of safety and medical waste compliance protocols.

Stericycle’s suite of Steri-Safe® OSHA Compliance Solutions enable you to easily manage your OSHA compliance requirements in formats that suit your funeral home’s needs. From online solutions to in-person step-by-step guidance, we will help funeral directors, morticians, and crematorium operators stay compliant.

On-Site OSHA Expertise

Our OSHA experts will visit on-site to train your staff and conduct 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. 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 OSHA compliance resources, including our database of over 10M Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and customizable OSHA Safety Plan Templates to remain compliant.  

Compliance Training Requirements for Funeral Homes and Crematories


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

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 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 – supporting the families in your community 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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