Main Health Care Waste Type Subcategories


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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