Posted on June 18, 2014

Placing These in Medical Waste Containers is Dangerous and Illegal

We’ve heard many stories about crazy things ending up in medical waste bins. From cell phones to french fries, there are tons of things that end up in those red bags that definitely don’t belong. However, while some items may just fill up your container faster, causing you to get a pickup more often which can be expensive, some items are actually dangerous. Certain items should never be placed in regulated medical waste containers because they are hazardous materials and must be disposed of in a different manner. 

What Is This All About?

We know what you’re probably thinking. “I don’t put anything hazardous in my regulated medical waste container so I can just skip reading this.” While this may be true, we highly recommend you read on because it has recently come to our attention that some of our customers are unsure of exactly what cannot go in these containers. Furthermore, placing hazardous materials in with your medical waste can result in fines and even jail time. Now, we don’t mean to scare you, we’re simply here to educate. Plus, beyond simply the fines, this is about the safety of your staff and the future of the environment. 

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Here at MedPro we have recently had an influx of notices from our affiliate partners reminding us of the dangers of placing any hazardous materials in with medical waste. Any item listed as being hazardous in federal, state or local regulations must never be placed in a medical waste container. Properly disposing of all types of waste including hazardous, medical, and otherwise, is vital in protecting ourselves, our employees and the environment from harm.

What Are Some Examples of Hazardous Materials?

Hazardous waste, including but not limited to the following, are strictly prohibited from being in regulated medical waste containers:

  • Formaldehyde/Formalin or Formaldehyde Products
  • Solvents, Paints and Paint Thinner
  • Drums or Other Containers with Hazardous Warning Sign
  • Batteries of Any Kind
  • Glass Thermometers, Florescent Light Bulbs
  • Any Medical Equipment or Devices Containing Mercury
  • Chemicals such as Acids, Alcohol, and Mercury Containing Reagents

In addition, hazardous waste such as fixer, developer, lead foil, and scrap amalgam shall never be placed in medical waste containers.

What if I Have Hazardous Materials to Dispose of?

You are always welcome to contact us here at MedPro with questions or concerns. We are your partners in medical waste disposal and want to provide you with helpful solutions for hazardous waste removal as well.

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Where Can I Get More Help?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is a resource where you can always find helpful information about laws and regulations.

Click here for Hazardous Waste Laws and Regulations 

You can also get more information from you local or state:

Department of Environmental Quality or Protection

Department of Natural Resources