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Things to Know When Choosing a Medical Waste Disposal Company

December 21, 2021

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Things to Know When Choosing a Medical Waste Disposal Company

Things to Know When Choosing a Medical Waste Disposal Company. Choosing the right medical waste disposal company can be a difficult task. With so many options, you might not know where to begin. This article will provide you with the key things to consider before making that choice.


The first thing you should do is make sure your company is experienced, an experienced medical waste disposal company will know how to address and issues that come up, there is a good chance they have seen or dealt with it before.

Proper Insurance

Even if they are the cheapest option, an uninsured company will not be in business for long. You do not want your waste coming back on you because it wasn’t disposed of, or it was disposed of incorrectly.


You also need to make sure they provide the correct containers for the types of waste you are generating. This includes sharps containers, trace chemo, RCRA, puncture-resistant non-leaking containers.

Disposal Process

You need to know how your medical waste is disposed of once it leaves your facility. Do they own the treatment plants? Do they take it to a third-party treatment plant?

This is important for a couple of reasons, if the company owns its own treatment plants, they must stay up on current regulations as they are more regulated than a company that simply transports medical waste.

There is a good chance you will get a better price if they own the treatment plants because they do not have to pay a third-party to treat your medical waste.


Do they directly own the trucks that will be hauling your waste? There are a couple of situations where the answer to this could be no, they don’t own the trucks.

If they sub-contract the work, then the company you are speaking with will not directly own the trucks, this can cause confusion in schedules, missed pickups, customer service, and insurance.

Do they own a fleet of trucks? A company that only owns one or two trucks can experience services issues if one truck simply gets a flat tire. A company that owns a fleet of trucks could quickly dispatch another truck to pick up the route in no time.


Does the company directly hire the employees? A company that hires and trains the employees directly on a W2, will have more control over the processes it sets in place compared to a company that merely sub-contracts the work, or hires on a 1099.

A sub-contractor is where Company A hires Company B to do the medical waste pickup. In this situation company A has little control over company B in the case of a missed pickup or something that went wrong during collection, like a rude or impatient driver.

A 1099 worker by definition is not an employee, it is someone who is getting paid to do a task like haul your medical waste. It is important to remember when faced with this situation, a 1099 worker behavioral duties cannot be controlled by company A so a medical waste disposal company that hires a 1099 worker cannot control what, where, how, and when the worker carries out their job.

About Healthcare Waste Management

At Healthcare Waste Management, we own the trucks that come to your facility, we employ the drivers that come into your facility, and we own the destruction plants that destroy your waste. By having one company handle your waste from ‘cradle-to-grave’ allows us to bring our customers, the best process, products, and services with significant savings compared to the industry standard pricing.

Our commitment to our customers and the environment doesn’t stop with our cradle-to-grave management of your medical waste. We also use a state-of-the-art reusable container system for medical waste and sharps waste that keeps unnecessary waste from impacting the environment. Our cradle-to-grave management process, reusable medical waste and sharps disposal containers, fuel efficient trucks and intelligent routing are all examples of our commitment to our customers and the environment.

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