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Biohazardous Medical Waste Disposal Solutions

We specialize in the compliant collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of biohazardous wastes for facilities of all sizes. We are the leader in handling all wastes that may be described as regulated medical waste, biohazardous waste, and other potential infectious materials.

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Partner with the Biohazardous Medical Waste Disposal Industry Leader

MyStericycle.com Account Management
Giving you 24/7 access to make payments, view pick-up schedule, and access shipping documents and invoices. 

Regulatory Expertise
Access to training and informational webinars on relevant topics, including OSHA and HIPAA compliance, via MyStericycle.com.

Making Sharps Disposal Easy
Our wide array of safe and compliant sharps containers allows you to choose the best management method that reduces needlesticks in your environment and can be managed with your biohazardous or “red bag” wastes for disposal.

 

Are You Getting What You Need From Your Biohazardous Medical Waste Disposal Provider?

SERVICE OFFERING STERICYCLE OTHER PROVIDERS 

Flexible Scheduling: Offers flexible scheduling with a nationwide network and proprietary tracking system

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Online Customer Portal: Provides 24/7 online access to easily manage Stericycle services, from changing a pick-up and retrieving shipping documentation to viewing invoices and more

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Training and Safety Resources: Includes access to biohazardous waste and DOT training as well as informational webinars on a variety of topics, including OSHA and HIPAA compliance and state-by-state medical waste rules

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Best-In-Class Compliance Support: Leverage the industry experience of environmental compliance experts who monitor and provide updates on regulatory changes that may impact your practice and employees

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Expert Customer Service: U.S. based customer service team tracks customer inquiries through an integrated customer resource management system to ensure swift one-call resolution

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Peace of Mind: Holidays, unplanned changes in business operations, and even natural disasters are accommodated with our state-of-the-art routing technology and without impacting our 99.7% on-time service performance rate1

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1. Based on Stericycle data, RMW Missed Stops Report, YTD August 2018.

Why Stericycle?

Your Single Nationwide Partner

Your Risk Reduction Experts

Your Sustainability Champion

We manage all major regulated waste streams and offer OSHA and HIPAA compliance training, delivering a 99.7% on-time pick-up rate1 with our fleet of more than 7,000 trucks.

We reduce your risk through full chain of custody and proprietary, real-time tracking systems in addition to compliance experts to keep you informed of federal, state, and local regulatory developments.

We minimize landfill waste, collecting 56 million pounds of plastic and 1.5 billion pounds of paper, and are invested in reducing our fuel-related emissions, achieving a 4% reduction from 2017 to 2019.2

1. Based on Stericycle data, RMW Missed Stops Report, YTD August 2018.
2. Based on Stericycle data, 2018. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

While the term hazardous waste has a specific meaning under the Envrionmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, generally, these wastes contain chemicals, contaminants and/or heavy metals and have properties that make it dangerous for 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. 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. 

 

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 but is not limited to:

  • “Red bag waste”: items saturated or visibly contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials: bandages, gauze, personal protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, googles, plastic tubing
  • 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).
  • Pathological waste: limbs, specimens, tissue samples (decanted of preservatives)
  • Trace Chemotherapy wastes: masks, gloves and gowns, empty vials, empty intravenous bags, tubing and bottles, which were used in the administration of chemotherapeutic drugs

 

How is biohazardous waste treated and disposed of?

While there are a variety of treatment methods for the management of biohazardous waste the two most common methods are:

  1. Autoclaving: Waste is subjected to a timed, high-temperature, high-pressure steaming process to render any infectious agents neutral. The waste is then suitable for disposal and taken to a landfill or waste to energy facility. This the most common form of treatment. 
  2. Incineration: Waste is subjected to high temperatures to promote combustion or burning and the remaining ash is then sent to the landfill for disposal. Best management practice for certain materials such as pathological wastes, non-hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and trace chemotherapeutic wastes should be segregated and incinerated to ensure proper destruction and prevent chemicals from these wastes from leaching into the water supply or otherwise contaminating the environment.

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