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What Really Happens to Our Medical Waste

We've all sat in the doctor's office and watched our physicians throw away needles, gloves, and other medical waste into those big red containers.  But where does all that medical waste go?  When you are creating medical waste, you are making sure that it undergoes a special was...

Four Reasons Why You Should Care About the Environment

Our planet and environment provide us with everything we need to survive, yet we often treat our environment with neglect or lack of regard for what it needs.  Keeping our environment clean and safe is critical for keeping us around longer.   As an environmentally safe medical wast...

Why Reducing Medial Waste Weight Is Important

  Since the early 2000’s new and more “earth friendly” options for reducing medical waste weight have been popping up in the medical waste removal market.  Some of these methods are more efficient than others and many come with hefty price tags and limited av...

The Environmental Hazards of Medical Waste

Medical waste removed from clinics, practices, and hospitals is typically labelled in an easily recognizable red bag.  This waste is intended to be removed to a medical waste facility that is trained in proper procedures and strategies targeting the proper and safe elimination of medical was...

How to Limit Medical Waste at Your Facility

We currently live in a world that is extremely conscious of our waste and its impact on the environment.  What many of us don't consider is the process of removing waste.  Often times, we put trash in the bin and forget all about it.  In medical settings, this waste has a strat...

Understanding the Hidden Costs of Medical Waste

You may have read your medical waste contract very carefully before signing it. You may be surprised at some of the hidden costs of medical waste. If you do not comply with the federal and state laws, you may face hefty fines of up to $70,000 from OSHA alone. Authorities can fine hospitals, care ...

Working in the World of Giants

Not all things are measured equally, one pound will always equal one pound, but that one pound of medical waste coming from a small Doctor’s practice could potentially cost that practice twice as much as what it costs large quantity producers for the same service. Calculated cost discounts ...

The Costly Problem of Sharp Needles

Almost 9 million people dispose of over 3 billion sharp needles outside of health care facilities annually. Doctors and other health care workers use more than 8 billion Sharp needles annually. Additionally, people use them in veterinary care. Together, they add up to a considerable disposal prob...

Buyers Beware: Has Your Medical Waste Provider Sold

There is a growing trend within medical waste disposal companies to sell out to the competition. If you have followed the news for very long across the United States, then you are very familiar with this trend. For example, Steri-cycle purchased more than 400 medical waste companies over 25 years...

U.S. Government Agencies Responsible for Medical Waste

If you are a dentist, a hospital administrator, a doctor, or a veterinarian, then you already know that many different governmental agencies regulate many things about your industry. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that various agencies are responsible for regulating medical waste. ...

Honoring World Hepatitis Day

The number of Hepatitis cases in the world continues to grow each year. There are five different strands of Hepatitis. In the United States, facilities have reported over 20,000 new cases of Hepatitis A to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the latest series of outbreaks, which in ...

The Harmful Effects of Incineration

Humans learned to control fire a long time ago. Some say with certainty it happened around 400,000 years ago and others believe it might have happened over a million years ago. The control of fire allowed early humans light at night, the ability to cook food; it provided warmth and safety from ce...

An Overview of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

In 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued their Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to try to protect more than 6 million healthcare workers in the United States. A decade later, in 2001, OSHA amended the standards that apply to all workers who ha...

Dealing with Medical Waste

Medical waste is a huge problem in the United States. Every day, United States hospitals must deal with approximately 33 pounds of medical waste from every staffed bed.  There are about 931,000 staffed hospital beds in the United States. Simple math says that about 30,723,000 pounds of medic...

Healthcare Facilities Have Options for Environmental Friendly Treatment of Medical Waste

In the United States the environmental awareness movement made its presence known 40 years ago. Huge disastrous events such as the pollution of our great lakes, hydrogen bomb testing, and the effects of DDT on wildlife, led the call for environmental protection reform and a heightened awareness o...

Introducing Our Revolutionary Alternative Medical Waste Treatment Option

Many health care providers, veterinarians, and other health care providers struggle with the cost of disposing of medical waste on an ongoing basis. In the Orlando area, medical waste is often hauled many miles to a safe disposal area at the expense of medical providers. Steri-Green is your alter...

4 Medical Waste Issues You Need to Avoid

For many medical providers, safely handling medical waste is a major problem. If it is not done correctly, then you can be faced with large fines. Burning and burying it is not an answer because of the contaminants that are released into the air and ground. When you contract with a medical waste ...

David vs. Goliath

Stericycle is arguably the most dominant player in the business of disposal of Medical Waste. However, this giant has come across it’s own internal and ethical problems. It became apparent it was time to rally many David’s to fight this Goliath. A class action lawsuit was filed on beh...

The Deadly Consequences of Improper Medical Waste Handling

While many people complain about the number of regulations that medical facilities must abide by, there are very good reasons when it comes to the handling of medical waste. Before you put your name on another bag of medical waste to be pic...

Understanding the Bio-waste Law

Prior to 1988, waste washed up on beaches and put the public at risk for diseases and infections in New York City. It was determined that the waste was purposefully dumped into the ocean to avoid the high cost of disposing of biohazardous waste properly. Congress got involved along with the Envir...

Why is it necessary to use “red bags” for biohazardous waste?

Red bags must be used for all bio hazardous waste in order to comply with state and federal laws due to their proprietary makeup insuring they are a.) liquid proof and b.) strong enough to preclude tears or bursting of the bags under pressure and piercing from sharps (needles et al). &n...

Who are the Producers Of Biomedical Waste?

Who are the producers of biomedical waste? In the state of Florida alone, there are around 44,000 different facilities that produce some type of medical waste. Unbelievable, right! What comes to mind of course in identifying biomedical waste generators are; hospitals, labs, clinics, doctor and de...

Medical Waste and the EPA

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed December 2, 1970. The mission of the EPA “is to protect human and environmental health.” The agency was formed to consolidate in to one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement...

Why is it so important to have Medical Waste Destroyed Properly?

Only 15% of all medical waste is considered to be hazardous. The number does not sound over whelming but the types of infectious agents it produces is staggering. Many of these pathogens can survive from hours to weeks after being produced. The organisms contained in this type of medical waste ma...