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Partner with the Biohazardous Waste Disposal Industry Leader

Stericycle solutions keep businesses of all sizes safe and compliant with our biohazardous and medical waste disposal solutions:
  • Our proprietary tracking system monitors the moment our qualified drivers pick up the waste until it is rendered non-infectious to give you peace of mind.
  • Safe sharps disposal is easy with Stericycle. Our puncture-proof sharps containers can be packed with your biohazardous or “red bag” waste for hassle-free disposal that reduces needlesticks
  • Your regulatory partners here at Stericycle monitor regulatory changes to ensure you can focus on what you do best, taking care of patients. 

Why Stericycle?

  • Your Single Nationwide Partner: As your single source vendor, we can manage all major regulated waste streams, from biohazardous waste and sharps to pharmaceutical waste, as well as offer OSHA, HIPAA and coding compliance training solutions.
  • 100% Compliance, 100% of the time: Our decades of regulatory experience ensure you have the tools you need to maintain 100% compliance with OSHA and Bloodborne Pathogens requirements.
  • Flexible Service & Scheduling: Stericycle can accommodate almost any schedule or volume with a fleet of over 6,300 trucks and licensed drivers performing pickups daily.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

What's the difference between biohazardous, regulated medical waste and hazardous waste?

Biohazardous waste is any waste saturated with liquid or semi-liquid blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Regulated medical waste is another term frequently used interchangeably with biohazardous waste in accordance with variation in local and state regulations, and typically also refers to waste saturated with blood or OPIM.

Hazardous waste is waste that can contain chemicals, contaminants, heavy metals, and/or radioactive products and have properties that make it dangerous or capable of having harmful effect on 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; however, hazardous waste should never be mixed with biohazardous or medical waste, and each should be disposed of as separate streams.

 

What are some examples of biohazardous waste?

Biohazardous waste is anything that has the potential to cause harm, infection or contamination of a dangerous agent to humans. Biohazardous waste includes:

  • Infectious waste: Any type of waste that contains blood components
  • Sharps waste: Needlepoints, scalpels, syringes, lancets, and any other object which was exposed to potentially infectious material and is capable of puncturing human skin (e.g., broken glass

 

How is biohazardous waste disposed of?

There are two primary methods for disposing of biohazardous waste:

  1. Autoclaving: This is a process whereby waste is subjected to a timed, high-temperature, high-pressure steaming process to render any infectious agents neutral. The waste is then suitable for being taken to a landfill. In general, items like sharps and bio-contaminated materials are autoclaved, making this the most common form of treatment.
  2. Incineration: Certain materials like trace chemotherapeutic waste must be segregated and incinerated. One result of this treatment method is that the materials cannot leach into the water supply or otherwise contaminate the environment.