The hardest part of handling RMW/infectious waste is determining what waste you are actually generating and how does it need to be safely destroyed. For example, many states require that chemotherapy waste, pathological waste and non-hazardous pharmaceuticals be incinerated instead of autoclaved. We can provide our pharmaceutical waste containers to all of our customers. Currently we have pharmaceutical waste containers in Wilmington, DE as well as Chester and Montgomery County, PA. These containers are PGII rated and are white with a blue lid to differentiate themselves to your staff. Incineration is the safest, and most expensive, form of destruction. An autoclave treats the waste with high pressure and high temperature steam. This waste is then taken to a permitted landfill for final disposal. Please see below details regarding acceptable waste streams and how they need to be segregated. You will also see how to package all regulated medical waste. If the information below does not answer your question, please do not hesitate to call our team or Matt directly. We can set up a conference call with the appropriate individuals or even set up a visit to your facilities.
Our company is permitted to accept regulated medical waste, chemotherapy waste, pathological waste, and pharmaceutical waste in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. We service clients from Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington, DE, Easton, MD, Lancaster, PA, Dover, DE, Newark, DE and York, PA. Choice MedWaste is proud to be your local resource for medical waste disposal.
Each facility generating regulated medical waste should have a written definition of the types of wastes/categories included as part of its regulated medical waste management procedure protocol. The definition should include those waste materials that are included in the definitions of regulated medical waste within applicable Federal, State, County, and Municipal regulations. Regulated medical waste generators should also consider the policies of local solid waste landfills that might exclude certain materials from the landfill, even though they are not regulated as medical waste. Common materials which are typically classified as regulated medical waste include, but are not limited to:
- Blood & blood products
- Items saturated with blood or blood products
- Other body fluids capable of harboring potentially infectious microorganisms and items contaminated with these fluids
- Cultures and stocks of microbiological agents including tissues fixed in formaldehyde
- Other potentially infectious materials
- Expired medications (Non-hazardous and non-narcotic) **
- Anatomical/Pathological wastes (body parts and organs) of humans and animals (small)
- Chemotherapy wastes (materials containing trace amounts – no more than 3% by weight of the total capacity of the container – of U-listed chemotherapeutic/cytotoxic agents) **
*Sharps may include, but are not limited to, needles, syringes, scalpels, slides, cover slips, pipettes and blood tubes. These materials may go through additional handling steps prior to disposal, and they represent the highest potential for injury and exposure. These also include anything which is presently sharp, or has the potential to become sharp (if broken, etc.) must be packaged in rigid, sealed, puncture-resistant containers prior to being placed in the transport container (rigid plastic or wires).
**Expired medications, anatomical parts and chemotherapy wastes are to be labeled in an appropriate medical waste container. These three waste streams may be combined in one container. These wastes are treated by high temperature incineration and/or microwave technology. If they are comingled with other medical waste, the entire container must be incinerated. Boxes with these types of waste in them need to be labeled with an Orange “INCINERATION” label or have the “Incineration box” checked off on the box where applicable. Due to the cost of incineration, it is in our clients best interested to separate the waste streams as to only incinerate what is necessary. If any of the expired non-hazardous pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy, or pathological waste are in a container, then the entire container must be incinerated. As a pharmaceutical waste disposal company, our goal is to provide you with a cost-efficient disposal option while protecting our environment and clients with proper disposal.
All other types of regulated medical waste can be autoclaved rather than incinerated. Autoclaving disinfects the waste with high temperature and high pressure. This steam disinfects all materials. This treatment method is much more affordable than incineration/microwave technology.
The following waste materials are not acceptable for inclusion in any regulated medical waste stream. Placement of these materials in a Choice MedWaste container/products may constitute grounds for immediate contract termination and/or assumption of liability for any fines or damages incurred. Our company is proud to safely dispose of the correct materials in an environmentally safe way.
- Any material not considered Regulated/Infectious Medical Waste or Sharps as defined above.
- Any material possessing the characteristics of, or containing materials regulated for, flammability, corrosiveness, reactivity or EP toxicity as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency Regulations for Defining Hazardous Waste in CFR 261.21 through 261.24.
- Any material or substance considered hazardous or toxic as defined by applicable federal, state, or provincial laws or regulations.
- Any compressed gas cylinders or aerosol containers.
- Any materials regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and/or the Department of Transportation as radioactive. However, it should be noted that materials containing the isotopes tritium (H3) or Carbon 14 (C14) having an average value below 0.002 micro curie/gram are not regulated by the NRC, DOT or most state agencies and therefore may be acceptable to place in Choice MedWaste containers.
- Human torso including fetal torso.
- Unacceptable waste will also include medical waste that is inappropriately packaged. See below details under the “Packaging” sections.
IT IS IMPERATIVE TO NOTE THAT IF A WASTE MATERIAL HAS MORE THAN ONE REGULATED CHARACTERISTIC, IT MUST FIRST BE MANAGED ACCORDING TO THE REGULATIONS FOR THE MOST HAZARDOUS CHARACTERISTIC WHICH THE MATERIAL POSSESSES. ONCE THAT CHARACTERISTIC IS TREATED OR NEUTRALIZED, LESS HAZARDOUS CHARACTERISTICS CAN BE MANAGED. For instance: a blood contaminated syringe that contains traces of a radioisotope tagged chemical must first be treated for the radioisotope.
- The generator of regulated medical waste is responsible for the packaging and labeling of regulated medical wastes.
- All containers, once packaged, should be stored in a secured area, sheltered from the elements. The secured area should be labeled with a biohazard label or warnings for biohazardous waste.
- All sharps (items or objects having a sharp point or edge which could cause puncture or laceration, or that potential if broken) shall be collected at the point of generation in highly puncture resistant containers, and those containers closed and placed inside a red biohazard bag prior to storage or transport.
- Bagged medical waste generated at a Client facility may be placed into a Choice MedWaste lined transport box. Bags must be properly sealed prior to closing the box. Sealed disposable sharps containers may be placed directly into the lined transport box. The provided exterior red bag should be tied by twisting the top of the bag and tying in a single knot.
- Waste should not be compacted or compressed because of the potential exposure to airborne microorganisms and/or injury from needle pricks.
- Containers of any type should not be overfilled. This creates an additional hazard. Do not exceed 50-55 pounds in the boxes or additional charges may be necessary.
- Damp, leaking, or overstuffed containers, unsealed containers, or containers that are deemed to be unsafe for handling or transport may be refused by Choice MedWaste at its discretion. Such containers which are handled by Choice MedWaste may be subject to a repackaging fee to assist in making the container DOT approved for transportation.
- All containers must bear the name, address, and telephone number of the client facility generating the waste. The generator is responsible for the proper packaging and labeling of the container. A Choice MedWaste representative will instruct staff on the proper types of labels and the location on the container where the label should be placed. Choice MedWaste reserves the right to refuse to collect any containers which are not properly labeled.
Choice MedWaste will maintain documentation of destruction of all containers collected from Client facilities. Such documentation will be made available to Clients upon reasonable notice and request. Our company will also be able to assist you with your annual reports if you are subject to them.
Transportation of waste from Client business location to the treatment facility will be performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Note: Choice MedWaste may, from time to time, implement changes in packaging, labeling, documentation, equipment or other aspects of regulated medical waste management as may be required by regulatory authorities having jurisdiction. Through our network of haulers in the Healthcare Waste Institute, our company will be ahead of new regulations in the industry.
Choice MedWaste provides appropriate containers for the packaging and transport of medical waste to its Clients. The cost of these supplies is built into the cost of the service, and as such, Choice MedWaste may assess such costs as identified in the contract to Clients to whom supplies are delivered, when such supplies are not held in inventory by Client, used in the course of regulated medical waste management, or returned to Choice MedWaste upon request. Client shall currently pay Choice MedWaste at a rate of $2.25 per box and $0.95 per liner for all boxes and liners delivered to Clients that are not (a) picked up by Choice MedWaste in the course of its waste disposal services, (b) held in inventory by Client, or (c) returned by Client to Choice MedWaste.