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  • Writer's pictureSam Spaccamonti

Where does our medical waste go?

Have you ever wondered what happens to biohazardous and medical waste after it’s been removed by San Diego Medical Waste Services? Are you concerned about the environmental impacts of medical waste disposal? So are we. San Diego Medical Waste Services follow the federal guidelines set forth by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for all treatment, storage, and disposal requirements. The requirements are intended to protect human health and the environment from the risks posed by hazardous waste.

Handling Hazardous Waste

The EPA requires specific waste management units for various types of hazardous waste. Here are some common units used under those regulations:


The most common hazardous waste container is the 55-gallon drum. Other examples of containers are tanker trucks, railroad cars, buckets, bags, and even test tubes.

Tanks Tanks are stationary devices constructed of non-earthen materials used to store or treat hazardous waste. Tanks are constructed of a wide variety of materials including steel, plastic, fiberglass, and concrete.

Environmentally Safe Disposal

Once San Diego Medical Waste picks-up your facilities' waste management units you may still be wondering where it goes. Here are the safe disposal procedures recommended by the EPA.


Incinerators are enclosed devices that use controlled flame combustion for the thermal treatment of hazardous waste. About 90% of biohazardous waste is incinerated. When performed properly, this process destroys toxic organic constituents in hazardous waste and reduces the volume of waste that needs to be disposed.


This steam sterilization is the most dependable way to dispose of microbial life. Much of this waste can safely be placed at landfills.

Properly Disposing of My Medical Waste

Proper disposal of medical waste is not just our job at San Diego Medical Waste, it’s our top priority. If you have more questions about how to properly handle the medical waste at your facility, contact San Diego Medical Waste Services, LLC, for more information: or 619-990-4604. San Diego Medical Waste has all your professional, medical waste needs.

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