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Michigan Medical Waste Disposal, we offer convenient, secure medical waste disposal services in Michigan. Including Biohazardous waste disposal, sharps container disposal and secure document shredding. Contact us today for a quick, hassle free, customized quote to fit your needs.

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Medical Waste Disposal

We specialize in the removal of biohazardous waste from your hospital, medical office or private business.

We specialize in the removal of biohazardous waste from your hospital, medical office or private practice.

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Compliance Training

Bloodborne Pathogens Training, Exposure Control Plans, Required Training, Supplies and Vaccinations.

Healthcare Waste Management is here to answer all of your questions about the training required by your facility.

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Sharps Container Disposal

Healthcare Waste Management is the perfect partner to help with your sharps disposal needs.

No customer is too big or small for us to help with your safe disposal of needles and sharps. Contact Us Today!

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RCRA & Pharma Waste

Pharmaceutical waste disposal is becoming one of the most important aspects of environmental services.

Healthcare Waste Management can help your facility manage all of your RCRA and pharmaceutical waste. Call Today. 

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Document Destruction

To stay within compliance of the increased government regulations, we provide secure paper shredding for your facility or business.

Our drivers come to your location to set you up with secure locking cabinets or large document carts for safe storage until removal.

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Biohazard Supplies

From Biohazard, Boxes & Bins to our replacement sharps container program. We have everything you will need. 

In an effort to help our customers better utilize their time, we offer direct supplies delivery at the same time as scheduled services.

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We service the entire state of Michigan including the following cities for medical waste disposal: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Warren, Sterling Heights, South Lyon, Saginaw, Holland, Dearborn, Livonia, Jackson, Port Huron, Troy, Westland, Farmington Hills, Battle Creek.

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In Michigan the Department of Environmental Quality or DEQ governs medical waste. In 1990 the Medical Waste Regulatory Act was enacted in response to incidents of medical waste washing up on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, as well as other bodies michigan medical waste disposalof water in Michigan.

The Medical Waste Regulatory Program (MWRP) administers Michigan's MWRA and rules. The MWRA provides management practices for the handling, storage, treatment, and disposal of medical waste. Its objective is to protect people who come into contact with medical waste from exposure to the risk of injury, infection, or disease created from improperly disposed medical waste. The MWRP uses educational outreach, compliance assistance, and enforcement to achieve the goals of the program. The transportation of medical waste is regulated under United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations for transportation of hazardous materials and is enforced by the Michigan Department of State Police, Hazardous Materials and Investigations Unit.

Categories of Medical Waste in Michigan: The MWRA defines specifically what is considered to be medical waste and subject to the regulations and rules. These include the following waste items when generated, stored, treated, or disposed of by a "producing facility".

  • Cultures and stocks of infectious agents.
  • Human and animal blood and body fluids.
  • Sharps
  • Pathological waste (organs, tissues, etc.).
  • Contaminated animal waste infectious to humans.

A producing facility includes but is not limited to: : medical facilities, dental offices, nursing homes, funeral homes/mortuaries, veterinary practices, tattoo/body art facilities, among others as defined in the MWRA.

Common Questions on Registration and Certificate Requirements

Is my business required to register as a medical waste producing facility?

If you meet the definition of a "producing facility" by the MWRA, you are required to be registered in the state of Michigan. A producing facility includes any facility that generates, stores, or decontaminates medical waste prior to disposal.

Examples of producing facilities include, but are not limited to: hospitals, private practice offices (MD, DO, DDS, DVM, etc.), tattoo/body art facilities, funeral homes, pharmacies offering flu shots or generating needles with syringes in compounding medications, health departments, clinics, etc.

There are a few entities specifically exempted from any of the MWRA regulations and rules, including the following:

  • Personal residences (apartments, homes, condominiums, etc.) not performing any business or commercial activities within the residence regulated under the MWRA, including services related to generation, storage, treatment, or disposal of medical waste.
  • Homes for the aged and assisted living facilities.
  • Agricultural businesses (dairy farms, orchards, etc.).
I generate a very small amount of medical waste. Am I still required to register?

Yes. Regardless of the volume of waste or frequency at which the waste is collected, there are no exemptions contained in the MWRA that would allow for a producing facility to waive obtaining a registration and following all other requirements and rules in the MWRA.

How can I find out if my facility is already registered?

You may check the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA),

Bureau of Health Care Services, Health Professions Division, Web site and use the "Verify a License or Registration" search tool to determine if your facility is already registered. You may also use the "Registration and Fee Payment Portal" link to see if you are currently registered (not expired) and up for renewal.

If I am not registered, how do I register my facility?

If you are a new registrant, you can conveniently register online by using the "Registration and Fee Payment Portal" link on the program Web site at www.michigan.gov/deqmedwaste. By using this method, you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your registration form within 24 hours and, if all of the required information has been provided, you will receive your certificate within approximately one week via postal mail.

Michigan Medical Waste Identification, Handling, Separation, Treatment, and Disposal

What is medical waste and what types of medical waste are subject to regulation in Michigan?

Under the MWRA, the following items are considered to be "medical waste"

  • Cultures, stocks, and biologicals that may be infectious to humans.
  • Liquid human and animal waste, excluding urine.
  • Pathological waste (organs, tissues, etc.) of human origin that are not fixed in formaldehyde.
  • Sharps (whether used or unused), including needles, syringes with needles attached or any part of a syringe without an attached needle that is contaminated with an infectious agent, scalpels, and tubing with needles attached. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has additional items regulated as sharps, such as lancets, broken capillary tubes, and exposed ends of dental wire.

These items must be treated appropriately and be in compliance with the MWRA. Contaminated wastes from research animals that may be infectious to humans.

How do we find a medical waste disposal company?

A listing of medical waste disposal companies is available on the MWRP Web site. The list may not reflect all disposal companies currently available but is comprehensive and provides many options to find a company that can provide this service to your business.

Does the MWRP regulate transport of medical waste?

No. While not specifically required under the MWRA, DEQ staff may ask to view shipping records to verify that the MWRA's 90-day storage limitation is met. Transport of medical waste is regulated by other federal and state agencies, as noted below:

Transportation of medical waste is primarily addressed in the Federal Code of Regulations, Section 173, and classified as a hazardous material when transported on public roads by the USDOT. You may visit the USDOT Web site by visiting www.dot.gov. Search for "medical waste" for a listing of applicable Web sites and interpretive documents.

The Michigan State Police, Traffic Safety Division, Hazardous Materials and Investigation Unit, enforces the USDOT regulations as well. Proper packaging, shipping, and transport of medical waste is required by Michigan's Motor Carrier Safety Act, 1963 PA 181, as amended, Subsection 480.1 1 to 480.25 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.

Michigan Benefits of Using Healthcare Waste Management Services

We are a management company for all of your waste streams including medical, biohazard, sharps and other wastes that is regulated. From pickup to destruction, we are the only company that handles your waste.

    • We own the waste from pickup to destruction, no middleman, means no hidden cost.
    • Our state-of-the-art processing plants ensure the waste is disposed of as quickly and effectively as possible, with minimum impact to the environment.
    • With us it is our drivers, our trucks, our processing plants and our insurance. You can imagine the insurance one must have when they own their own processing plants.

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Michigan About

The Great Lakes that border Michigan from east to west are Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. It has more public golf courses, registered boats, and lighthouses than any other state. As a result, it is one of the leading U.S. states for recreational boating. The state is bounded on the south by the states of Ohio and Indiana, sharing land and water boundaries with both. Michigan's western boundaries are almost entirely water boundaries, from south to north, with Illinois and Wisconsin in Lake Michigan; then a land boundary with Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, that is principally demarcated by the Menominee and Montreal Rivers; then water boundaries again, in Lake Superior, with Wisconsin and Minnesota to the west, capped around by the Canadian province of Ontario to the north and east.

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Helpful Michigan Resources

Michigan Department of Environment

525 West Allegan Street
Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 780-7690

Michigan Department of Transportation

425 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 241-2400

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

333 S. Grand Ave
Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 241-3740

Michigan Information

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. Its name originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of just under 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area, and is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.

Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula is often noted as being shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula (often called "the U.P.") is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge connects the peninsulas. The state has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. Michigan also has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds.

Michigan Medical Waste FAQ and Related Searches

What is Medical Waste?

Medical waste is a subset of wastes generated at health care facilities, such as hospitals, physicians' offices, dental practices, blood banks, and veterinary hospitals/clinics, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories.

What is Biohazardous Waste?

Biohazardous waste, also called infectious waste or biomedical waste, is any waste containing infectious materials or potentially infectious substances such as blood. Of special concern are sharp wastes such as needles, blades, glass pipettes, and other wastes that can cause injury during handling.

What is Sharps Waste?

Items that can induce subdermal inoculation of infectious agents or that can easily penetrate the skin, puncture waste bags and cardboard boxes, sharps that have been used or are intended to be used in human or animal patient care or in medical, research, or industrial laboratories, including hypodermic needles, syringes, Pasteur pipettes, capillary tubes, broken glass from the laboratory including slides and slide covers, razor blades, and scalpel blades.

How to Handle Sharps Waste?

Sharps require special handling and packaging under both OSHA and DOT. Be sure to refer to your state’s guidelines when identifying what items are classified as sharps. There is confusion that often needleless injection devices, heel lancers and retractable or needles destruction technologies are considered sharps as well.

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