Frequently Asked Questions
Medical waste is generated by hospitals, clinics and business as a result of treating humans and animals
and meets the definition of regulated medical waste (RMW), biohazardous and or sharps waste.
Biohazardous (red bag), Sharps, Pharmaceutical, Trace Chemo and Pathology.
Make sure to check with your local and state guidelines, but for most, biohazardous/red bag waste is waste that has been contaminated and saturated with blood or other unrecognizable OPIMs. Sharps also considered biohazardous. Examples include: fluid blood, blood saturated items, bags and IV tubing containing blood, suction canisters, hemovacs, chest drainage units, hemodialysis products, etc.
Sharps Waste includes, but is not limited to, hypodermic needles, hypodermic needles with syringes, blades,
needles with attached tubing, syringes contaminated with biohazardous waste, and broken glass.
Other Potentially Infectious Material: vaginal secretions, semen, saliva from dental procedures,
cerebrospinal fluid and synovial fluids, amniotic fluids.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) governs the management of hazardous waste. There
are four categories that the EPA uses to classify a hazardous waste ands its harmful effects to human
health and the environment if not handled properly; F List, K List, P and U List. For more information please call us or follow this link to the EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/osw/laws-regs/regs-haz.htm
- The type(s) of waste streams generated at each facility.
- The amount (.lbs or gallons) to be serviced each month.
- What size are your containers?
- How many containers do you have?
- What is the current frequency of your pick-ups?