Transporting Regulated Medical Wastes for Disposal: What is the right choice?

Did you know that there are different methods of transporting regulated medical wastes for disposal: mail-back programs and pick-up services? For some customers, mail-back is the more practical and economical option; where for others, pick-up service makes more sense. There are several factors that go into determining which option is the best. The most common include:

  • Regulatory considerations
  • Types and volumes of regulated wastes
  • Pick-up service contracts
  • Cost of transport

Regulatory Considerations

Both state and federal regulations can be among the largest determining factors in the decision of whether to use mail-back systems or pick-up service for the transport and disposal of regulated wastes for your facility. Regulations define the following:

  • Type of wastes that can be transported via mail
  • What category of generator may utilize mail-back systems
  • How wastes must be packaged and labeled
  • mount of time waste can be stored prior to disposal

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The Need to Incinerate Discarded Pharmaceuticals

There has been an explosion of news coverage recently concerning issues with pharmaceuticals. There is an opioid epidemic, causing concerns for the proper management of opioids — mostly prescribed pills of pain relief opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin. There is also a high level of environmental concern reflecting the disposal of medications of all types, as there are many studies that have been completed on the impacts of human-use pharmaceuticals on water habitats.

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How State Medical Waste Regulations Differ

Medical waste is regulated by many government agencies. This can make staying in compliance complicated and time-consuming. Since states, counties, and even cities can differ in their requirements, waste generators must be aware of all the different regulations. In this blog, we will discuss a number of differences between state medical waste regulations.

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Healthcare-Related Wastes Explained

Regulated medical waste, sharps waste, isolation waste, hazardous waste, and universal waste…what’s the difference, and how should they be segregated for proper disposal? This blog will discuss the differences between these healthcare-related wastes and how to safely dispose of them while saving money and reducing your chance of regulatory violations.

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Needle Disposal in Public Places

Every year throughout the United States, 8 million people use more than 3 billion sharps to manage medical conditions at home. Needle disposal in public places is a growing concern. With more and more Americans self-injecting, many employers are choosing to follow the guidance included in OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to help reduce the potential of employee and customer needlesticks. If self-injectors do not have convenient access to proper sharps disposal, the needle typically ends up in the trash or discarded in a parking lot or other public area.

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