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Medical Waste Removal

The Medical Waste Removal task is part of the Medical Waste compliance program in Complyrs.

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Medical waste generators are differentiated by the amount of waste produced monthly. Facilities that generate 200 pounds or more are considered large quantity generators (LQG). Those that generate less than 200 pounds are small quantity generators (SQG).

Allowed Medical Waste Retention Time

A facility that generates less than 20 pounds of biohazardous waste per month may store it for 30 days once container is full. Facilities that generate more than 20 pounds of biohazardous waste per month may store it for 7 days once container is full. The waste may be stored for up to 90 days if kept at 32° F or below. Any amount of sharps waste can be stored for 30 days, once container is full.

Medical Waste Hauling

Transportation of medical waste must be transported to a permitted medical waste treatment facility, to a transfer station or another registered generator for the purpose of consolidation before treatment and disposal.

No person shall haul medical waste unless the person is one of the following:

  1. A registered hazardous waste hauler pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 6.5 (commencing with Section 25100) of Division 20.
  2. A mail-back system approved by the United States Postal Service.
  3. A common carrier allowed to haul pharmaceutical waste pursuant to Section 118029 or 118032.
  4. A small quantity generator or a large quantity generator transporting limited quantities of medical waste with an exemption granted pursuant to either Section 117946 or Section 117976, respectively.
  5. A registered trauma scene waste practitioner hauling trauma scene waste pursuant to Section 118321.5.

Authorized Medical Waste Hauling Exemptions

A small quantity and large quantity medical waste generator who generates medical waste may transport medical waste generated in limited quantities up to 35.2 pounds to the central location of accumulation, provided that all of the following conditions are met:

    1. The principal business of the generator is not to transport or treat regulated medical waste.
    2. The generator shall adhere to the conditions and requirements set forth in the materials of trade exception, as specified in Section 173.6 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
    3. A person transporting medical waste must provide a form or log to the receiving facility, and the receiving facility must maintain the form or log for two years. The log must contain all of the following information:
      1. The name of the person transporting the medical waste.
      2. The number of containers of medical waste transported.
      3. The date the medical waste was transported.
  1. A generator transporting medical waste  also must not be regulated as a hazardous waste hauler pursuant to Section 117660.

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