Top Medical Waste Disposal Companies. Medical waste disposal is the process of removal, transportation, storage, treatment, and ultimate disposal of any item that is generated at a health care facility.
Medical waste is considered anything that was used or consumed during medical treatment or diagnosis. Trash or garbage at a hospital would not be considered medical waste.
Medical wastes are generally classified as biohazardous, hazardous, non-hazardous, or sharps. Some medical wastes have infectious agents in them, so they are also regulated by law. These may require special containment and treatment to prevent spreading infection.
Many hospitals don’t have their own onsite medical waste disposal processing plant, so they contract with one that services the area to take care of their needs. Top Medical Waste Disposal Companies will have their own processing plants to treat *most of your medical waste.
Top Medical Waste Disposal Companies. There are different types of medical waste that may require a specific collection, storage, and treatment process according to state and local regulations. The most common medical waste types are listed below.
Sharps waste is contained in an FDA cleared sharps container. Sharps disposal containers are made from rigid puncture-resistant plastic or metal with leak-resistant sides and bottom, and a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid with an opening to accommodate depositing a sharp but not large enough for a hand to enter. These sharp items are anything that contain or may contain agents that are infectious that can penetrate the skin as well as puncture cardboard boxes or waste bags; sharps that have been used in human or animal care, or medical, industrial labs and research. Sharps can include but are not limited to hypodermic needles, Pasteur pipettes, broken glass or plastic, capillary tubes, scalpels, blades, knives, heel lancers, retractable or needles destruction technologies, and needless injection devices. Sharps have specific requirements for handling, packaging, storage, transport, and disposal under DOT (Department of Transportation) and OSHA guidelines.
Biohazard waste is contained in a red biohazard bag, box, or bin or a combination thereof. Biohazard waste is generally a liquid or semi-liquid or other potentially infectious material; contaminated items that would release blood or other potentially infectious materials in a liquid or semi-liquid state if compressed; items that are caked with dried blood or other potentially infectious materials and are capable of releasing these materials during handling by flaking. Pathological and microbiological waste containing blood or other potentially infectious materials.
Pharmaceutical containers are blue in color and are for pharmaceutical waste that can include expired, contaminated, or unused non-hazardous medications. Pharmaceutical waste could be anything from partial IVs to unused pills. Pharmaceutical waste is any leftover, unused or expired medication that is no longer needed or can no longer be used. This blue container is for non-hazardous pharmaceuticals.
RCRA Hazardous Waste
RCRA hazardous containers are black in color and are for pharmaceutical wastes defined as hazardous under RCRA, which can include but are not limited to D, U, and P listed pharmaceuticals. Some of the items that go in the black box are, “RX” D, U and P listed Pharmaceutical’s, Antineoplastic Waste, Mercury-filled Devices, and Chemical Sterilizing Agents.
Dual Waste Containers are purple in color and are for Hazardous and Infectious waste such as Syringes, Bulk Pharmaceuticals, Ampoules with Meds, Live Vaccine with RCRA Hazardous (Tetanus Toxoid Fluid, Decavac – Injectable Form), Syringe or vial with RCRA or P listed.
Trace chemotherapy containers are yellow in color and hold RCRA empty syringes, vials, IV bags where less than 3% remains in a chemical and other forms of RCRA medical waste.
Top Medical Waste Disposal Companies. When it comes to choosing a medical waste management company, it is important to understand that there are four basic types of medical waste companies. And more importantly, to understand what type of company you are speaking with. Ask Questions get to know the company. We have identified some basic questions that will help you make an educated choice.
Medical Waste Lead Generator
Most lead generators sell your information to the highest bidder or sell your information to multiple companies. What they care about is how to get the most money out of your information. They generally do not care what company is the best fit for you.
A question to ask is. Is it your companies truck that will come to my office? Will I see your company name, logos on the trucks, hats, or shirts?
If you get handed off to another company, when looking for a quote, you could be speaking to a lead generator.
They have little control over the individual drivers that walk in your office, the training the drivers take, background checks of those drivers or the safety of the trucks and equipment that haul your waste. The way they make their money is by charging you more than a local hauler will charge them.
When you do not control the routes or drivers you can see where customer service could become an issue working with a broker.
Another obvious is, now you have two companies making profits from your one bill. Why not just work with the one company that actually services your account?
Ask these two questions to see if you are speaking with a broker. Do you directly employ the drivers on a W2 that walk into my office? Is it your company name that will be on the trucks, drivers’ shirts, hats, etc. that will haul my waste?
In most cases when working with a broker, the broker company you sign the contract with, will not service your account, it will be another medical waste company.
A hauler is a medical waste company that hauls medical waste from your facility to another facility that destroys the waste. A lot of companies in the medical waste industry are haulers. They do not treat the waste or sometimes even store the waste. They simply pick it up from you and take it to another company to destroy. The process gets done but you still have two companies, making money from your one bill. The hauler and the processing plant.
To determine if you are speaking with a medical waste hauler, ask them this question. Does your company own the facility that treats the medical waste, or do you take it to another company for treatment?
Medical Waste Management Company
Top Medical Waste Disposal Companies. This type of company has invested the most in their business to take care of your business. They have identified the process points and built infrastructure around those points to take care of your service.
They directly hire and train the drivers, they buy and equip the trucks to safely haul your medical waste, they control the routes to be cost-effective and ecofriendly, they own processing plants that treat your medical waste. They can do it all from start to finish because they invested in you, the customer.
To determine if you are speaking with a true medical waste management company ask these three questions. Is it your direct W2 employees that will pick up my waste? Does your company own the trucks that will haul my waste? Does your company own the processing plants that will destroy my waste?
A top medical waste disposal company is one who directly hires and employs the drivers that come into your facility, trains the employees directly, owns and equips the trucks that haul your medical waste, controls the routes and pickup schedules of your biohazardous waste, and can treat all or *most of your medical waste with their own treatment plants.
When you hire a medical waste disposal company you may not think… that you are only hiring a hauler moves the waste from point A to Point B. Or a broker a company, this type of company only holds the paperwork and hires another company, name, and all to service your account. The broker charges you more, finds a local company to do it for less, and they keep the difference without doing any work.
Without asking the right questions you could be stuck in a bad situation for years to come.
If you are looking for a full-service medical waste service provider one of the most important questions you could ask is. Do you own, your own, treatment plants?
A medical waste disposal company that owns, its own, treatment plants show they have a commitment to being a full-service provider.
There are processes in place that regulate medical waste processors, because of that, they must stay abreast of the latest laws and regulations concerning medical waste collection, storage, and treatment.
To give you an idea, in Indiana there are only four medical waste processor plants registered in the entire state, out of all the medical waste disposal companies in Indiana, or that service Indiana, only four companies in the entire state actually are able to treat and dispose of your medical waste, Healthcare Waste Management is one of the four.
Here at Healthcare Waste Management, we are a full-service Medical Waste Disposal Company. We are a professional company that employs our own licensed, trained, and certified staff and drivers. We take responsibility by ownership of all our trucks and the facilities that the waste will be transported to and destroyed. Our employees ensure that our healthcare clients have complete documentation confirming that their medical waste has been destroyed. We take pride in maintaining up-to-date information on all changes within the industry.
At Healthcare Waste Management we are one of a few companies in the industry that own the entire process from start to finish, meaning we own the trucks, we directly employ the drivers / handlers, and we destroy the waste at our processing plants with our employees.
When a company does not own the entire process, that means they are paying some other company to one of the process points, for example, destroy the waste, or pick up the waste. As with any process, the more hands involved in the process, the greater the risk, the more hands involved in the process, the greater the cost. No one is handling your medical or biohazardous waste for free.
Healthcare Waste Management complies with all guidelines so that our clients can rest assured of the safety and efficacy of their cradle-to-grave responsibilities. Our trained and certified employees assist in educating our customers, picking up the medical waste, transporting the medical waste in our company-owned trucks, and properly disposing of the medical waste in our own facilities. Healthcare Medical Waste takes care of our medical waste, from start to finish.
Healthcare Waste Management is proud to bring a first-class medical waste disposal experience to our customers. From the local single Doctors office to national healthcare systems, we bring innovation and customer service that is unparalleled. That’s a strong statement but we back it up by owning your medical waste from start to finish. 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. We do this while reducing our client’s impact on the environment which is a true win-win. Best processes, pricing and practices is what we built our company on.
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 and landfills. 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.
Healthcare Waste Management is centrally positioned to service our customers across the Midwest. We’re proud to bring decades of professional medical disposal services to customers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Minnesota. If you’d like to inquire about service in your state, from compliance training, medical waste services, to document destruction please contact us today at 888-427-5797.
*Some medical waste requires incineration, which is a highly regulated process in the U.S.
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