Proper Disposal of Medical, Pharmaceutical, and Sharps Waste

BioMedical Waste

Biomedical (or biohazardous) waste are materials that are, or are saturated, with potential blood borne pathogens. These include items such as bodily materials, gauze, saturated gloves, and disposable materials from procedures.

Sharps Waste

Sharps wastes include used syringes, operating knives and blades, glass, or any other material that can result in a puncture, often times containing potential blood-borne pathogens.

Rx Waste

Pharmaceutical (Rx) waste include expired and unused medications and treatments, whether they have been exposed to a patient or not. These materials must be specially treated to neutralize their ingredients from any further contamination.

Process Waste

Process and secondary wastes include materials such as amalgam, mercury, and developer. These materials may encounter potential blood-borne pathogens or may be harmful to the environment.

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Medical Waste Disposal

Many different facilities produce regulated medical waste, which is also known as biohazardous, biomedical or infectious waste. If your facility is a generator of regulated medical waste, it is critical that it is managed properly and in accordance with the myriad of regulations that apply. Safe handling and proper disposal of medical waste is important to the health and safety of your employees, customers and the public. The spread of dangerous diseases is possible when medical waste is not handled appropriately.

Proper training is critical for anyone handling medical waste, and our compliance and training programs are an excellent supplement to our disposal services. Identifying what is and is not medical waste is critical to successful management of medical waste. Sharps and soft waste saturated with blood or certain other bodily fluids are some examples of medical waste disposal, although proper training is critical for a complete understanding. Regulations vary from state to state, so it’s important to know and follow the relevant rules. Some states have a minimum required pickup frequency, and our team will make sure your service complies with your state’s rules.

The WasteX team has years of experience helping facilities with their medical waste and sharps waste containers needs. Whether you’re looking to start a new service or to replace your existing provider, contact us today!

Pharmaceutical Waste Destruction

Destroying pharmaceuticals is easy! We supply you with a simple containment system to fill and seal. No matter where you’re located, we can service you.

Most customers use our 2.5 gallon (up to 15-pounds flat rate) service for uncontrolled, non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste. We also handle Rx disposal for controlled (schedules II-V) and hazardous pharmaceutical waste.

Make sure you are compliant with DEA rules

In addition to the hefty fines for mishandling pharmaceutical waste, excess or expired pharmaceuticals in homes and offices are a threat. These pharmaceuticals could be misused or improperly disposed of, ending up in our groundwater.

WasteX has over 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical waste destruction business

Let us make sure you’re compliant with all regulations when disposing of pharmaceuticals. Never dump pharmaceuticals down the drain!

Fines can reach up to $37,500 per day per incident for noncompliance with hazardous pharmaceutical waste regulations (ASHP, 2012).

Commercial Medical Waste Pickup

Regularly scheduled pickups and supplies for medical and commercial facilities, custom tailored to the needs of your business.

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Commercial Medical Waste by Mail

Ideal for small volume generators and rural location, send your medical waste, sharps, pharmaceuticals, and amalgam by mail with a ready-to-mail kit at a fraction of the price!

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Residential Sharps Disposal

Dispose of your sharps at home safely with our SharpsShipper disposal system by mail.

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Answers To Common Questions


Laws vary from each part of , so we will make sure your service complies with all the local laws while efficiently handling your waste. Based on your location, volume and facility we will customize the service to fit your needs. We can provide sharps containers in addition to disposable medical waste containers or rolling totes for larger generators.


Depending on your specific needs, we provide boxes and bags up to rolling totes and larger containers.


We offer a medical waste by mail program and standard physical pickup schedule. Depending on your location are and how much waste your produce, either one may be the right fit. Mailback programs have simple instructions for how to package your waste and return it to our facility. Pickup services will either be on a set schedule or will-call (if allowed by state law). In either case, our service is simple and cost-effective.


As is industry standard practice, our waste is autoclaved to sanitize any pathogens.


Some states require a minimum pickup frequency or have other specific requirements for the handling and disposal of medical waste. Call us today to see what regulations you need to comply with.

A few examples of state-specific rules:

  • Florida requires pickup every 30 days or less
  • Texas requires pickup every 90 days or less

Call us now at 877-543-2015 and we’ll help you with your local regulations.

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