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We service Minnesota, Healthcare Waste Managements medical waste disposal services in Minnesota include Biohazardous waste disposal, sharps container disposal and secure document shredding. Contact HWM today for a quick, hassle free, customized quote.

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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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In Minnesota, Healthcare Waste Management services the following cities and the entire state for medical waste disposal: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Woodbury, Eagan, Blaine, Eden Prairie, Lakeville, Coon Rapids, Mankato, Burnsville, Minnetonka, Apple Valley, Edina.

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Minnesota Infectious Waste

Management guidance for generators

What is infectious waste?

Infectious waste is waste that poses an environmental danger due to its biological risk. Pathological waste also poses a biological risk and is regulated the same as infectious waste in Minnesota. Both are different from hazardous waste, which poses an medical waste disposal minnesotaenvironmental danger due to its chemical risk. All three types of waste are regulated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Some wastes can be simultaneously infectious and hazardous, such as the contents of containers holding both sharps and pharmaceuticals. The MPCA refers to such wastes by the term-of-convenience dual waste. When handling dual waste, comply with both infectious and hazardous waste requirements.

Who else regulates infectious waste?

This information is intended to provide guidance only on requirements under Minnesota Infectious Waste Statutes and Rules found at Minnesota Statutes, administered by the MPCA. Infectious waste may also be regulated as:

  • Regulated waste, also known as biohazardous waste, under the Federal Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) standard found at 29 CFR 1910.1030 and administered by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Occupational Safety and Health Division (MNOSHA)
  • Regulated medical waste (RMW) under the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) found at

49 CFR 173.134, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

The BBP and HMR may also regulate wastes that are not included in the Minnesota definition of infectious waste. For example, the HMR regulates all animal-generated veterinary waste, while infectious waste includes only veterinary sharps. Although this information does not discuss other regulations, generators of infectious waste must meet all applicable requirements.

What wastes are infectious wastes in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, infectious waste includes the following wastes generated by a regulated infectious waste generator.

  • Liquid blood or regulated body fluids from humans or research animals
  • Wastes that will release blood or regulated body fluids when compressed
  • Contaminated sharps from human or any animal use
  • Live or attenuated human and zoonotic vaccines
  • Infectious cultures and contaminated laboratory items used to manipulate those cultures

Pathological waste includes human body parts or tissue (except teeth) removed and intended for disposal. Pathological waste must be managed in Minnesota the same way as infectious waste.

Regulated body fluids: Fluids that are not normally released from the body are infectious wastes. Solids that will release these body fluids when compressed are also infectious wastes. Liquids that normally are released from the body are not infectious wastes unless overtly contaminated with regulated body fluids or suspected to contain the Ebola virus. You may manage wastes containing only non-infectious liquids as normal solid wastes.

Contaminated sharps: any contaminated or potentially contaminated items from human or animal care that can induce sub-dermal inoculation, including, but not limited to needles, scalpel blades, pipettes, lancets, and glass or rigid vials that contained infectious agents. Unused needles, pipettes, and other items, or those used only in a sterile process are not contaminated sharps in Minnesota.

Note: Sharps with engineered sharps injury protection (SESIPs) remain regulated in Minnesota if contaminated or potentially contaminated. Manage infectious waste containing used SESIPs as you would any other infectious waste containing sharps.

On-site storage

In general, storage requirements at the site of generation are regulated under the BBP; however, the MPCA requires that the storage methods used, including packaging and labeling, are described in your infectious waste management plan. Comply with your management plan. Disposal

The four allowed disposal methods for regulated infectious waste in Minnesota are discussed in detail below:

  1. Decontaminate your site’s infectious waste at that site
  2. Discharge liquid infectious waste to a sanitary sewer or subsurface treatment system
  3. Transport your own infectious waste to another site for decontamination
  4. Ship your infectious waste to another site for decontamination using a Commercial Infectious Waste Transporter registered with the MPCA, or mail it to a disposal facility with the U.S. Postal Service Decontaminate your site’s infectious waste at that site

Decontaminate means to treat an infectious or pathological waste to make it safe to manage as a normal solid waste. Decontamination must be verified by standard biological indicators, such as Geobacillus stearothermophilus and Bacillus atrophaeus spores. Simply enclosing an infectious waste within a container or binding it into a matrix is not decontamination.

You may decontaminate your own infectious waste and manage it as a normal solid waste without MPCA approval as long as the waste does not contain sharps.

If your waste contains sharps, you may only use an on-site decontamination system approved by the MPCA, and you must comply with the specified conditions of that approval.

Minnesota 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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Minnesota About

Minnesota is a state in the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, and northern regions of the United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory. The state has many lakes, and is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Its official motto is L'Étoile du Nord (French: Star of the North).

Minnesota is the 12th largest in area and the 22nd most populous of the U.S. states; nearly 55% of its residents live in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area (known as the "Twin Cities"). This area has the largest concentration of transportation, business, industry, education, and government in the state. Urban centers in "Greater Minnesota" include Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester and St. Cloud.

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Helpful Minnesota Resources

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155
(651) 296-6157

Minnesota Department of Health

11 East Superior Street, Suite 290
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
(218) 302-6166

Minnesota Department of Transportation

395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155
(651) 296-3000

Minnesota Information

The word Minnesota comes from the Dakota name for the Minnesota River, which got its name from one of two words in the Dakota language: "Mnísóta", which means "clear blue water", or "Mnißota", which means "cloudy water". Native Americans demonstrated the name to early settlers by dropping milk into water and calling it mnisota. Many places in the state have similar names, such as Minnehaha Falls ("curling water" or waterfall), Minneiska ("white water"), Minneota ("much water"), Minnetonka ("big water"), Minnetrista ("crooked water"), and Minneapolis, a hybrid word combining mni ("water") and polis (Greek for "city").

Minnesota 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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Biohazard Waste – Know Where to Throw

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Proper Biohazard Waste Disposal

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How to Identify, Label, Package and Dispose of Biohazard and Medical Waste There are strict local, state, and federal guidelines regarding the correct methods of identifying, labeling, packaging, and proper disposal of biohazardous and medical waste. Any facility that generates these waste types are responsible for them in what is referred to as “cradle-to-grave.” This […] Read More

Biohazard, Biohazardous and Biomedical – What’s the difference?

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OSHA Biohazard Waste Disposal Guidelines

July 22, 2020

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Sharps Management Best Practices

June 17, 2020

Sharps Medical Waste Best Practices Sharps are a special category within medical waste classification and are especially hazardous due to the potential risks for injury which can spread infectious diseases. Sharps are any item used in a facility that can penetrate the skin including, but not limited to hypodermic needles, syringes, blades, lancets, auto-injectors, knives, […] Read More

Medical Waste Disposal Best Practices During COVID-19 Pandemic

June 10, 2020

Medical Waste Disposal Best Practices During COVID-19 Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges across the board for the protection against transmission and infection of the virus. While healthcare regulations have long been strict, we are finding that the pandemic has thrown the modern world into almost uncharted territory. Some of the best practices that […] Read More

Compliance Training, Anyone Handling Medical Waste Must Take

June 8, 2020

Compliance Training Any individual in an organization that handles or can be exposed to medical waste is required by law to take compliance training courses as well as updates on the training. The priority of these courses cannot be overemphasized as medical waste can potentially cause illnesses or even death if transmitted as well as […] Read More

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