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Medical Waste Management Solutions
Medical waste disposal is challenging because it often contains blood, bodily fluids, sharps, and other contaminants that are hazardous to human health. Properly disposing of medical waste is critical.
There are four types of waste, according to the EPA:
- General Waste: Mostly household and office waste, including paper and plastic packaging, glass, wood, and other commonly used materials
- Infectious Waste: Blood, human tissue, or anything contaminated with bodily fluids, all of which could cause infections in humans
- Hazardous Waste: Waste that’s dangerous, but not infectious, like sharps, discarded surgical equipment, and some chemical waste
- Radioactive Waste: Waste generated from radioactive treatments, like cancer therapies, and medical equipment that uses nuclear elements
Hospitals are estimated to produce 5 million tons of medical waste every year.
Hospital waste is just one source. Many other types of facilities also produce medical waste, including doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, dental practices, blood banks, veterinary hospitals/clinics, medical research facilities and laboratories, and plastic surgery centers.
There has been no federal oversight of medical waste disposal since the Medical Waste Tracking Act (MWTA) of 1988 expired in 1991. The federal government has left it up to the states to manage, and state programs vary significantly. The result is a confusing healthcare waste management system with rules that vary by state, county, and municipality.
GTS Will Help You Reduce and Manage Medical Waste
Global Trash Solutions will help you navigate this maze of rules and regulations and secure you the best waste management contract terms. And we’ll monitor your account(s) to ensure your waste hauler is meeting all regulatory requirements.
One of the best medical waste management strategies is to produce less in the first place. If you manage a hospital, laboratory, or other healthcare facility, Global Trash Solutions can help you develop environmentally friendly solutions that reduce your medical waste burden.
Our expert medical waste brokers and consultants have the industry knowledge and relationships to help you secure the most comprehensive contract at the best rates. Our mission is to find biomedical waste disposal strategies that work for your organization.
Contact us today at 866-574-2524 for tailored waste management solutions.