Managing healthcare waste
Healthcare waste may be generated in households or healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, as well as medical research facilities, laboratories, veterinary practices, first aid stations and schools. Some products used for healthcare, such as sharps, chemotherapy drugs, pharmaceuticals, disinfectants and sterilants, may harm the environment and human health if they are not disposed of properly.
Guidelines for properly managing healthcare waste can differ depending on where the waste is generated, managed and disposed. Some residential healthcare facilities may qualify as households. Determine whether your healthcare facility fits the definition.
If you are a business, healthcare provider, farmer or other institution that generates less than 50 pounds per month of infectious waste, this fact sheet will help you manage your infectious waste safely and may also help reduce your costs.