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How is medical waste disposed of?

Medical waste is disposed of by first making it safe through a sterilization process. Waste that cannot be recycled, like gauze or needles, still needs to be made sanitary and non-hazardous before it can be disposed of. This process is usually done by using an autoclave. A medical autoclave is a device that uses steam…

What is Not Considered Medical Waste?

medical waste disposal bins
Medical waste is broad term that can be fitted to towards a wide range of waste. There are set rules and regulations what can and not go into a medical waste bag. These rules are in place to make disposal of infectious waste safe for both healthcare workers and the environment. Some types of waste…

What Are Some Types of Medical Waste?

Garbage Can
Definition of Medical Waste Medical waste is defined as any item that comes into contact with body fluids. More specifically, it is any solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of humans. Medical waste can be identified by one of the four different categories: Infectious, hazardous, radioactive, and general. Infectious Waste…

How Do I Dispose of Medical Waste at Home?

Household Hazardous Waste
Is Household Medical Waste Disposal Safe? There are several reasons why one might have medical waste at home. From having in-home care, to manufacturing products via at home, the list can widely range. For these people whom have medical biohazardous waste at their home, it is essential that they dispose of their medical waste properly.…

What Do I Do with My Old Medications?

Expired Pharmaceuticals
When medications expire, or they’re simply not needed anymore, people often just throw them into the garbage. This is actually not the correct way to dispose of old medications and in some states it may be illegal! Basically, improperly disposing of medications can be dangerous because of water pollution and, especially if you have controlled…

How to Dispose of Expired Inhalers

used inhaler disposal
Used inhalers are an interesting item to dispose of. In fact, most people have no idea what to do with them and simply keep them or throw them in their garbage. There are a few obvious reasons for this, and some that might surprise you… Why Can’t You Just Throw Used Inhalers Away? There are…

I Filled Up My Red Bag, Now What?

Biohazard Disposal Bag
This answer actually varies state-to-state, but in this article I will be focusing on federal regulations. If you find yourself with a bio-bag full of solid infectious waste, and don’t know what to do with it, you’ve come to the right place. After tying your bag closed you have to check for a few things…

How Many Needles Do Hospitals Use and How Do They Dispose of Them?

Clean needles in a pile
Every hospital in the world, on a daily basis, uses needles on a majority of the patients they see. However, not every hospital disposes of these needles correctly, especially in places with improper training. That being said, how many needles do hospitals actually use daily? Is it an actual problem or just overblown to scare…

Does Medical Waste Get Recycled?

Sterile Blue Wrap in the OR
Every year across the Earth 2 MILLION TONS of medical waste, also known as biohazardous waste or infectious waste, is created in hospitals, veterinary clinics and homes. This staggering amount of waste has to go somewhere, and until recently most of it just went into landfills to be hidden and forgotten about. Our more environmentally…

What Happens to Medical Waste After It’s Picked Up?

What Happens To Medical Waste After It's Picked Up?
Ever wonder what happens to medical waste after you have it picked up? Turns out it goes on quite a journey! Let's find out exactly what happens...
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