When outsourcing tasks and services like medical waste, choosing the right vendor partner can make all the difference. A good partner will feel like an extension of your team, taking ownership of the service deliverables and alleviating your workload. Alternatively, even just an average vendor can be burden and feel like extra work!

Most administrators like you are too busy juggling a multitude of things and stressing about medical waste disposal shouldn’t be one of them.

To help, we’ve compiled 4 things to consider when selecting your medical waste disposal provider:

1. Make sure your medical waste vendor understands your needs.

Your vendor partner should understand the needs and requirements of servicing your facility, as well as work around your number one priority: providing great patient care. They should be friendly, helpful, and professional to your staff and non-intrusive to your patients.

The right vendor partner understands your disposal needs and makes sure you have the supplies required to properly package your waste – whether it’s using the right bags or sharps container.  They should provide a worry-free, fully-managed program, including neatly stocking your biohazard closet and assist in any setup needed for the next period.

Good vendor partners know that in this time of increased security, a uniform with an identification logo helps everyone they encounter know who they are, and what they are there for.

 2. Choose a vendor who can help manage your budget.

Not all healthcare facilities generate the same amount of waste.  A regulated medical waste vendor partner that offers flexible scheduling will help keep your costs down.  They should also be willing to adjust your pick-up schedule at your request when procedures increase or slow down, as your patient load fluctuates. It is common for facilities to generate different levels of infectious waste throughout the calendar year, and a good vendor partner knows this, and works with your schedule – keeping your costs down.

Additionally, the right vendor partner with enable you to pay for what you generate instead of a set charge each month, which helps keep your cost in line with your patient/procedure load.

3. Check that your vendor has in-depth biohazard waste expertise.

While regulated medical waste regulations vary by state, one thing doesn’t: the waste generator (you) is responsible for the proper packaging of disposal of the waste.  Being able to reach out to your disposal company for guidance is therefore imperative.  They should know the regulations for your area and be able to provide you with the answers to your questions.

Make sure your vendor partner is properly treating your waste once picked up: ask for process verification.  The right vendor should discuss with you upfront the types of waste you generate and provide guidelines on any segregation and labeling that might be needed.

 4. Get a medical waste provider that provides you with peace of mind.

Your disposal service vendor should be able to track your waste, from pick to destruction – what is commonly referred to as “cradle-to-grave.” Labeling the containers of waste with a barcode is one way to track them all the way through the process.  This process documents when the containers were picked up, when they arrived at the facility, and when they were processed – and the right vendor partner can get you that documentation.


Picking the right partner is as simple as thinking of them as an extension of your team!