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What is Medical Waste?

What exactly is regulated medical waste and how can you properly dispose of it? It depends whom you ask.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines “medical waste” as all waste materials generated at a healthcare facility including hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, dental practices, blood banks, and veterinary hospitals, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories. More precisely its Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988 defines it as “any solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the production or testing of biologicals.” This definition includes, but is not limited to:

  • Blood-soaked bandages
  • Culture dishes and other glassware
  • Discarded surgical gloves
  • Discarded surgical instruments
  • Discarded needles used to give shots or draw blood (e.g., medical sharps)
  • Cultures, stocks, swabs used to inoculate cultures
  • Removed body organs (e.g., tonsils, appendices, limbs)
  • Discarded lancets

The act not only provides the proper methods for disposal of these items, it also sets standards for tracking waste during its sanitation. The ImageFIRST program features a barcode tracking system that exceeds these standards.

Alternatively, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) states that “regulated medical waste” is defined differently by state and federal agencies. Under DOT rules, it is defined as a waste or reusable material suspected or known to contain an infectious substance that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, immunization, or biomedical research of humans or animals.

To complicate matters, different states have their own laws regarding biomedical waste removal based on the divergent definitions, so it can be confusing.

That’s where we come in.

ImageFIRST helps with the management of your biohazard waste by providing you with what your state considers medical waste and by ensuring it is safely disposed of –because not all medical waste can be treated the same! Some items must be handled in specific ways, such as being labeled with special markings or placed in specialized containers.

The ImageFIRST program offers cutting edge technology and safely disposes of all types of biomedical waste. To learn more about the ImageFIRST Medical Waste Services program benefits, visit contact us at 1-800-566-2137 or

Types of Medical Waste Disposal

Medical Waste Disposal Service
Regulations set by the EPA, DOT, and various local municipalities constrict the entire disposal process. But despite the fluctuating laws surrounding disposal, our industry experts are able to ensure that our removal process stays completely up-to-date with every federal and local regulation. The waste we can help you dispose of include:

  • Contaminated Gloves
  • Contaminated Gauze
  • Contaminated Bandages
  • Blood Saturated Items
  • Absorbed Blood & Body Fluids
  • Cultures & Stocks
  • Plastic Tubing

Sharps Disposal Service
Any healthcare facility or practice that generates sharps is required to oversee the proper management of their disposal via specifically-designed containers. Most sharps containers need to be packaged for transportation from the facility’s site to be properly processed and safely disposed of. Not only will ImageFIRST Medical Waste Services provide you with DOT-approved outer packaging, we will also ensure your sharps are correctly identified and ready for transportation.

The ImageFIRST program can supply your facility with disposal containers for your sharps in a variety of sizes and styles – all of which are fully compliant with state and federal regulations. Additionally, our flexible program means we can work with you for a custom sharps disposal service pick up program that fits your needs.

Rest assured that our team of industry experts are up-to-date on all state and federal requirements for the disposal of sharps. Paired with a comprehensive fully-managed service designed to reduce your administrative burden, ImageFIRST is your clear choice for your medical sharps disposal service needs.

At ImageFIRST, we have extensive experience in providing professional pick up, removal, transport and disposal of biomedical sharps containers and red bag waste. As a company with a dedicated focus on the healthcare industry, we pride ourselves on providing a prompt, professional, and reasonably priced disposal service that is flexible to your needs and schedule.

We cover many counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Sharps Disposal
Medical Waste Disposal