Medical Waste Industry Insights

New EPA Rule on Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal (Part 3 of a series)

By David Ryan

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule regarding disposal of hazardous pharmaceutical waste takes effect in August 2019. As we noted previously (in Part 2 of this series of articles), the rule is intended to improve how pharmaceutical waste is managed by the health care sector, to better protect humans and the environment.

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New EPA Rule on Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal (Part 2 of a series)

By David Ryan

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule regarding disposal of hazardous pharmaceutical waste takes effect in August 2019. The rule is intended to improve how pharmaceutical waste is managed by the health care sector, which should result in better protection for humans and the environment.

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What You Should Know About Medical Marijuana Waste Disposal

By David Ryan

Using marijuana for medical purposes is now legal in the majority of states around the country (as of March 2019, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and Washington D.C.; ten of those states have also legalized recreational use).¹

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Your Compliance Checklist: OSHA Training, DOT Regulations, RCRA & More

By David Ryan

As the facilities manager of a medical practice, clinic or other type of healthcare facility, you’ve got a lot on your plate. While keeping the staff trained on OSHA requirements, DOT compliance, RCRA regulations, etc., can be a burden, it simply cannot be postponed or neglected.

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[Infographic] A Facility’s Guide to Healthcare Waste Segregation

By David Ryan

Waste management is a complex issue that spans several industries and regulatory bodies -- and it all starts within the walls of your facility with proper waste segregation.

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How Can Medical Waste Be Reduced? 5 Money-Saving Tips For Your Facility

By David Ryan

Did you know the cost to dispose of medical waste can be 10 times greater than the cost to dispose of regular (non-regulated) solid waste? Studies suggest that businesses and facilities can realistically decrease regulated medical waste to just 6-10% of their total waste. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) goes even further, suggesting that only 3-5% of all medical waste truly needs to be disposed of as regulated medical waste.

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Unpacking the EPA’s Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste Management Final Rule (Part 1)

By David Ryan

The EPA signed the final rule on hazardous pharmaceutical waste management on December 11, 2018. This updates the agency’s existing waste management by-laws to make them more in line with the needs of the healthcare organizations, while also ensuring environmental protection.

Let’s review everything that’s happening with this final rule:

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How Can Medical Waste Be Disposed Of?

By David Ryan

In the U.S., hospitals generate millions of tons of medical waste each year. While 85 percent of that waste is deemed non-biohazardous -- and therefore treated like regular trash -- how is the other 15 percent disposed of?

And keep in mind, that’s just for hospitals. There are a host of other waste generators: veterinary clinics, nursing homes, research labs, and dentist offices, to name a few.

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4 Steps to Break your Medical Waste Contract

By David Ryan

Managing a medical practice comes with a long list of tasks and decisions. It’s unlikely that “choosing a regulated waste service” is high on that list. In all likelihood, you went with the first name that came to mind and moved on to other matters.

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How to Keep Your Healthcare Facility Safe and Healthy This Winter

By David Ryan

Every year it’s inevitable -- winter is coming! Along with the winter season comes the influx of colds, flus and viruses. Keeping your healthcare facility safe and healthy this winter helps you keep your patients safe and healthy too.

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