Kentucky Locations Serviced

We offer biohazard and medical waste disposal services throughout Kentucky, including: Owensboro, Louisville, Lexington, Elizabethtown, Richmond, Hopkinsville, Georgetown, Florence, Covington and Bowling Green.

Medical Waste Disposal Kentucky

Practice TypeZip CodeProjected Annual Savings
Family Practice42038$6,480
General Practice41143$8,820
Research Lab40513$39,780

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Kentucky, home of horse racing, bourbon, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Also known as the Bluegrass State, but interestingly enough it’s not named after the musical genre.

The actual origins stem from Kentucky’s amazingly fertile soil where the bluegrass can freely grow and thrive off the nutrients.

With 4.5 million residents, Kentucky sits as the 26th most populous state in America. Despite it’s relatively low population, the state still managed to export almost 28 billion dollars’ worth of products and services in 2015, according to Kentucky’s Cabinet for Economic Development.

Kentucky is also home to, in my opinion, the most amusing state holiday in the US – Tater Day. The people of Kentucky come together and have a day of fun based around sweet potatoes. Carnival rides, concerts, horse shows and races, and the Tater Day Parade make up most of the day, but what people really want is the final attraction: The Biggest Potato contest.

Aside from Potato Day, my real favorite thing about Kentucky is the people. Their culture is an interesting and unique blend of Midwestern, Appalachian and Southern values which culminates in a beautifully polite and welcoming environment.

Part of the populations compassion is shown in their amazing amount of preserved nature. Kentucky has a staggering 45 state parks and 37,000 acres of state forests.

Bordering the Mississippi river, Kentuckians are no strangers to water. In his book “You Live Where? Interesting and Unusual Facts About Where We Live” George E. Thompson says “Kentucky’s 90 thousand miles of streams provides one of the most expansive and complex stream systems in the nation.” Kentucky loves water so much, they even have the two largest man made lakes, Lake Cumberland and the Kentucky Lake.

Healthcare in Kentucky

With just over 10,000 active physicians and 2,500 dentists, the residents of Kentucky have no shortage of healthcare options in larger cities.

The rural residents, however, can have a difficult time finding specialty doctors which leads to long trips to cities like Louisville and Frankfort. These trips cost time (sometimes having to take a full day off work to see their doctor), money for gas, money for child care, and money for the doctor’s appointment itself.

Out of the states 125 hospitals 59 are located in urban areas while 67 are located in rural areas, according to a 2012 study done by the University of Kentucky. Because of the large spread of rural towns across KY, 67 hospitals still doesn’t cover everybody. Along with a lack of rural hospitals, there is also a lack of healthcare education and emergency services in these areas leading to some of the towns having the lowest life expectancy in America.

The state government is doing things to combat this, though. Rapid expansion of the healthcare industry is the main initiative with the Kentucky Career Center saying “Healthcare Support Occupations are projected to be the fastest growing occupational group with a 38.2 percent increase in employment; close behind are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations at 29.6 percent and Community and Social Service Occupations at 21.8 percent.”

For reference in the same time period (2014 to 2024) the job market in Kentucky is expected to expand just 15%.

With More Hospitals Comes More Waste

While the growth of hospitals and doctors in Kentucky is undoubtedly a great thing, nothing is free from consequences. Average sized hospitals create 80,000 pounds of medical waste a year, and that waste has to go somewhere.

In the past hospitals have thrown biohazardous waste into lakes, rivers and regular garbage – each of these practices equally harmful to not only the environment, but people as well. When medical waste isn’t properly disposed of it can be taken by local wildlife, leak into the water supply or in the case of sharps waste potentially stab and infect garbage workers.

Properly disposing of waste isn’t difficult, you just have to know the process. For medical and biohazardous waste you put the waste into a red biohazard bag and then into a sealed container when you are ready to remove of it, for pharmaceuticals there are drop off locations or mailback programs, and for sharps you must put the needles in a hard sharps container.

Us at MedPro particularly love nature which is why we offer a wide range of affordable disposal services, ranging from medical and biohazardous disposal to sharps and pharmaceutical disposal.

Kentucky EPA State Definitions

Classifications of Waste

Medical services wastes are those solid waste materials which are potentially capable of causing disease or injury and which are generated in connection with human or animal care through inpatient and outpatient services. Medical services waste shall not include any solid waste that has been classified as a hazardous waste, or that is radioactive treatment material.

Types of Wastes

Contaminated sharps are all discarded sharp items derived from patient care in medical, research, or industrial facilities including glass vials containing materials defined as infectious, suture needles, hypodermic needles, scalpel blades, and Pasteur pipettes. Cultures and stocks of infectious agents are specimen cultures collected from medical and pathological laboratories, cultures and stocks of infectious agents from research and industrial laboratories, wastes from the production of biological agents, discarded live and attenuated vaccines, and culture dishes and devices used to transfer, inoculate or mix cultures. Blood and blood products. Pathological wastes are human tissues and body parts that are removed during surgery or autopsy.

Storage Requirements

All medical services waste shall be stored in a manner and in a container that will prevent the transmission of disease or the causing of injury. Hypodermic needles and syringes, scalpel blades, suture needles, or other sharp objects shall be stored only in a rigid, puncture-resistant container that has been closed to prevent the escape of any material, including liquids or aerosols. All reusable containers used to store infectious waste shall be cleaned and disinfected before each use.

Kentucky State Resources

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
275 E. Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40621

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40622

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
464 Chenault Rd
Frankfort, KY 40601

Kentucky Little-Known Facts

Kentucky is the state where both Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, were born. They were born less than one hundred miles and one year apart.

Kentucky Online Safety Compliance Portal

We strive to provide you services in Kentucky that will save you money! Part of this process is to make sure you are not paying for more than you generate.

We understand the importance of saving your money without sacrificing service. MedPro will be your partner in your medical waste management program by being a low-cost provider of medical waste disposal and OSHA training services.