Hazardous waste disposal is tightly regulated. There are required procedures and government regulations on the federal, state, and local levels to ensure any hazardous medical waste you collect or produce is disposed of safely.
With the help of Med Waste Pros, we can not only help you identify the hazardous medical waste you need to dispose of, but also find someone to safely dispose of it.
What is Hazardous Waste?
EPA regulatory guidelines define hazardous waste as any solid, liquid, or contained gaseous material that is no longer being used and is recycled, stored, or thrown away.
A waste is considered hazardous if it’s either one of 400+ items listed on the Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations or if it exhibits one of the following four hazardous waste characteristics defined below:
- Ignitability: Something that catches on fire easily when exposed to heat (i.e. solvents, paint thinner, and gasoline)
- Corrosivity: Substances that “Eats” other matter (i.e. battery acid, caustic paint strippers, and some floor cleaners)
- Reactivity: Certain cyanides, sulfide-bearing, or any other items that are unstable, explosive, or toxic under pressure, when mixed with water or another substance, or exposed to heat
- Toxicity: Anything that is harmful or fatal when ingested or absorbed
Examples of Hazardous Medical Waste
There is a wide range of different hazardous medical wastes, including:
- Organs and body parts
- Bodily tissues from surgery and biopsies
- Blood and bodily fluids
- Cultures and microbiological specimens
- Sharps (including needles, syringes, lancets, razors, and needleless injection devices)
- Anything that could be contaminated with highly communicable diseases such as Ebola virus, tuberculosis, hepatitis, West Nile virus, STDs, and rabies
Get Free Quotes on Hazardous Waste Disposal Today
Medical Waste Pros can direct you to a location to drop off hazardous medical waste to be disposed of properly. We can also help you find a local hazardous waste expert so you can schedule a pickup on a regular basis or whenever you need it. We’ll help you select the containers, schedule, and system that works best for your organization.
To get free quotes on hazardous medical waste disposal, fill out the form or give us a call at (888) 755-6370.