Biohazardous Medical Waste Disposal Service

Stericycle specializes in the end to end disposal of all wastes that may be described as regulated medical waste, biohazardous waste, and other potentially infectious materials for facilities of all sizes.

Partner with the Biohazardous Medical Waste Disposal Industry Leader

Expertise You Can Trust

With over 30 years of experience, we continue to serve facilities of all sizes; no matter how large or small and specialize in the compliant collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of medical waste.

Partnering with You in Times of Crisis

We understand the importance of serving you reliably, safely, and compliantly during the COVID-19 pandemic by helping you manage medical waste generated from patient care.

Easy, Online Account Management

Our Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) service provides 24/7 access to our Customer Portal where you can easily manage your pickup schedule, make payments, and access shipping documents and invoices.

Online Training and Compliance Resources

Our Customer Portal includes access to Biohazardous Waste and Department of Transportation (DOT) Trainings in addition to resources related to various federal and state-specific regulations. You can also access OSHA and HIPAA compliance tools and resources as part of our Steri-Safe Solutions.

Flexible Scheduling and Tracking Infrastructure to Give You Peace of Mind

Our operations with 98% on time service1 are designed to deliver convenience, with minimal intrusion into your busy schedule. With more than 560 locations and 6,000 Stericycle trucks, we can meet your business needs no matter where you are.

Source: Stericycle data, 2020

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The Regulated Medical Waste Lifecycle  

We partner with you through the RMW lifecycle to ensure that the waste is packaged, transported, and treated in accordance with all applicable regulations.

Generator’s Responsibility

1. Segregation

Customer separates waste types based on the guidelines set by Stericycle’s Waste Acceptance Policy and any applicable State requirements.

2. Packaging & Labelling

Waste is packaged and labeled based on guidelines and requirements set by DOT and the State that you are located in.

3. Storage

Waste is stored on-site until pickup is scheduled. Storage requirements, including time limitations, vary from state to state.

Stericycle’s Responsibility

4. Pickup & Documentation

Waste is picked up by a Stericycle Driver and the Customer is provided with a shipping paper for their records.

5. Transportation

Waste is transported to a Stericycle facility in accordance with DOT and other applicable transportation standards.

6. Treatment & Disposal

Waste is treated at our incineration or autoclave facility, rendered non-infectious, and disposed of in accordance with Federal, State and Local Regulations.

7. Records Retention

Waste shipping papers are retained by the Customer and Stericycle for the required period to ensure compliance. Records are also available on 

Disposal Services for Different Types of Waste

As an industry leader, Stericycle understands the importance of compliantly managing the collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of various types of waste as required by regulations in your area.

Regulated Medical Waste (RMW)

Medical waste generated from procedures including any items saturated with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), such as bandages, gauze, or PPE, are considered RMW or red bag waste. They should be disposed of safely in marked containers that are stored for pickup.

Trace Chemotherapy Waste

Chemotherapy wastes includes empty chemo drug vials, syringes and needles, spill kits, IV tubing and bags, contaminated gloves and gowns, materials from spill cleanups, or bodily fluids/waste. This waste should be properly segregated, packaged, and labeled for safe pickup and disposal in accordance with federal, state and, local regulations.

Pathological Waste

Pathological waste such as human or animal body parts, organs, tissues, and surgical specimens (decanted of formaldehyde, formalin, or other preservatives) are packaged separately for pickup in containers marked for incineration only. We can help you and your staff safely segregate, package, and dispose of pathological waste generated from your facility.

Sharps Waste

Sharps waste such as needles, scalpels, blades, and pipettes that have come in contact with blood, body fluids, or microorganisms should be disposed of in a designated disposable sharps container. This can be added to your biohazardous or red bag waste to reduce needlestick injuries and keep employees safe.

SafeShield™ Antimicrobial Medical Waste Containers

Stericycle continually makes significant investments to bring our customers service and product innovations that help drive their healthcare missions. Our SafeShield Medical Waste Containers are equipped with Cupron®, a copper-based antimicrobial protectant.

An Innovation to Improve Your Biohazardous Waste Management:

  • Antimicrobial properties embedded in container and lid
  • Smooth interior finish and drainage channels greatly reduces or eliminates odor
  • Nestable design and ergonomic handles make stacking and moving safe and efficient
  • Integrated lid closes securely and avoids lid misplacement
  • HDPE material and PGII rated 

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Why Stericycle?

Your Single Nationwide Partners

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

Your Risk Reduction Experts

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.

Your Sustainability Champion

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 Medical Waste Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

Biohazardous waste types include red bag waste, sharps waste, pathological waste and trace chemo therapy. For more information please see our What Is Regulated Medical Waste article.

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.

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