When you choose Stericycle, you’re selecting a partner with the resources to stand by your healthcare practice when things are easy and when they’re hard. Our services are designed to offer you convenience and compliance, so you can get back to keeping your facility running smoothly
We service facilities of all sizes and are in compliance with all State and Federal waste management regulations.
With over 30 years of experience, Stericycle provides essential services that help protect communities from harmful wastes, promote access to healthcare services, and lead to greater consumer safety and satisfaction.
We care about your business needs and make sure that we are in compliance with Federal and State of California regulations. California’s medical waste disposal regulations can be found in the Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA).
California's medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the Department of Public Health, Medical Waste Management Program. Complete details on state requirements can be found by contacting the California Department of Public Health.
Large quantity generators of medical waste and certain small quantity generators are required to register with either:
A written Medical Waste Management Plan is required to be filed by certain generators with the relevant authority as listed above.
Containers are required to be labeled with the words “Biohazardous Waste” or with biohazard symbol and the word “BIOHAZARD” on the lid and sides so as to be visible from any lateral direction. Containers must be leak resistant, have tight fitting covers, and kept clean.
Secondary containers (or the outermost container with medical waste must be clearly labeled with appropriate symbols on the sides to be visible from any lateral direction.
The Interim Storage Area, prior to transfer of waste to Designated Accumulation Area, must be either locked or under direct supervision. It must be marked with the international biohazard symbol or signage described below and be legible from five feet away.
The Designated Accumulation Area must be secured and have bilingual warning signs legible from 25 feet that follow state requirements as detailed in the MWMA. These warning signs do not apply to the rooms in which medical waste is generated.
For generators of Biohazardous Waste (20 lbs or more per month):
Emergency spill procedures and a list of emergency numbers updated annually are required.
Stericycle's network covers the entire state of California, which means that the company has the experience and resources to provide you with disposal of regulated medical waste in full compliance with the requirements of the Medical Waste Management Act.
For generators of LESS than 20 lbs per month:
30 days max if kept above 32 Fahrenheit
90 days max if kept at or below 32 Fahrenheit