Main Health Care Waste Categories—Treatment and Disposal

Main Waste Category Subcategory Notes
Solid Waste MSW—municipal solid waste Trash, garbage
C&D* MSW, if managed as MSW
Construction & Demolition (C&D) New construction Large volumes of materials, preference for recycling
Standard (day-to-day) Standard (day-to-day)
Recycling Cardboard
Paper, white and mixed
Confidential patient records HIPAA programs typically recycle paper
Newspaper and magazines
Boxboard Tissue boxes, packaging
Plastic, #1 PET
Plastic, #2 HDPE
Plastic, #4 shrink wrap
Plastic, #5 polypropylene
Plastic, #6 PS
Glass: clear, brown, green
Glass: medical grade
Glass: ceramics, windows
Steel cans
Aluminum cans
Mixed metals
Pallets
Wood
Blue Wrap
Transparencies
C&D debris
Compost Food waste
Compostables (non-food)
Landscape composting Usually a separate program from food waste compost
Materials for Reuse/Donation Linen/textiles
Furniture
Medical equipment
Medical supplies
Food donation
Ice packs/coolers
Suction canisters
SUDs
Pillows/mattresses
Foam peanuts
Sharps containers
Ink jet cartridges
Printer ribbons
Toner cartridges
Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) General infectious Waste that can be autoclaved
Pathological material Most states require incineration
Sharps
Anatomical material Body parts
Trace chemo* Often managed like RMW, but specifically pharma
Pharmaceuticals Trace chemo*
Bulk chemo Considered RCRA hazardous waste
Pharmaceuticals - RCRA* RCRA pharmaceuticals are EPA hazardous chemicals.
Pharma - non-hazardous
Hazardous Chemical Waste D001-Alcohol
D001-Xylene
D002-Corrosive
D003-Reactive
D009-Mercury
D004-43 Toxic
D-Characteristic
F-Listed
K-Listed
P-Listed
P-Listed
U-Listed
Pharmaceuticals - RCRA*'
Bulk chemo
Universal Waste/Recycled Hazardous Waste Computers/electronics
Fluorescent lamps *
X-ray film-silver
Oil (cooking)
Oil (motor)
Alcohol recycling
Xylene recycling
Formalin recycling
Paint recycling
Batteries
Special Wastes Radioactive wastes Most radioactive waste is "cooled" on-site
Mixed wastes

 


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