Medical Waste Disposal, Now and in the Future

Properly disposing of regulated medical waste is a necessity for a large number of facilities and businesses. Medical waste refers to the waste generated from medical and biological activities, such as the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of diseases. The usual producers of this type of waste include veterinary clinics, health clinics, funeral homes, nursing homes, hospitals, medical research laboratories, physician offices, dentist and home health care.

The first step is ensuring the waste is safe, sanitary, and no longer regulated before disposal. This means putting medical waste through some type of process that eliminates all the bacteria, viruses, fungi, spores and any other potentially harmful substances that may have contaminated whatever you are disposing of. The second step is deciding where to dispose of the waste once sterilized and additional factors are environmental and energy concerns.

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