Posted on June 30, 2014

Get to Know Your Facility’s Medical Waste Trends

Knowing how long it takes your facility to generate enough medical waste to need a pickup is very important. It can be easy to be going about your day to day business and suddenly find your medical waste container is full or worse, overflowing. This is both dangerous as well as not compliant with regulations. So what can you do to be sure you don’t run into this situation? Well, there are a few options.

Am I Properly Segregating My Medical Waste?

One of the most important things to consider when managing waste is to be sure all waste is being properly segregated. Is regular trash winding up in the red bags because employees are lazy or improperly trained? Are sharps absolutely always ending up in sharps containers? Do all employees confidently know the difference between hazardous and biohazardous or medical waste? Making sure this is the case not only keeps everyone safe but it also reduces the cost for your medical waste disposal service by making sure that medical waste and only medical waste is being disposed of in the RMW containers.

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Getting on a Regular Pickup Schedule

The best way to be sure your containers never get too full is to get on a regular pickup schedule. If you know your frequency then this is quite easy. However,  you may be a new practice or be having half-full boxes picked up every time you have a pickup. Take some time to start a spreadsheet where you can keep track of how long it takes you to fill a container. It is a good idea to choose a medical waste disposal company who can change your service frequency to meet your specific needs as they change or as you figure them out.

Finding a Company with Flexible Service Options

What if you don’t produce waste frequently enough to need a regular pickup schedule? Here is where an on-call service typically comes in handy. However, these can be quite pricey. Consider looking for a company with a subscription based option or a flexible option like MedPro’s Flexible Scheduling Program.

When is it necessary to schedule a pickup?

Depending on the company as well as the frequency at which your facility produces waste, it is usually a good idea to call to schedule a medical waste pickup between when your box is halfway and 3/4ths of the way full. This gives the disposal company enough time to work your pickup into their regular schedule.


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