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San Diego Medical Waste Services
For Your Veterinarian Office Disposal Needs

San Diego Medical Waste Services is honored to provide local veterinary practices with compliant medical waste, biohazard and sharps disposal service.  We can offer a full-service approach or simply fill any needs that fits today's veterinarian office waste request. 

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The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ) enhances San Diegans' quality of life by protecting public health and safeguarding environmental quality, educating the public to increase environmental awareness, and implementing and enforcing local, state, and federal environmental laws. DEHQ regulates the following: retail food safety; public housing; public swimming pools; small drinking water systems; mobile-home parks; onsite wastewater systems; recreational water; aboveground and underground storage tanks and cleanup oversight; and medical and hazardous materials and waste. In addition, DEHQ serves as the Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency, prevents disease carried by rats and mosquitoes and helps to ensure safe workplaces for County employees.

Recommended Veterinarian Office Medical Waste Disposal Needs

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Biohazard Waste Disposal

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Sharps Waste Disposal

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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

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Medical Waste Disposal
Medical Waste Disposal

We love our pets at San Diego Medical Waste!  

We offer a full-service approach that fits today's veterinarian

office waste needs.

  1. Sharps Disposal (Veterinarian)

    • Sharps containers must be appropriately labeled

    • Puncture resistant and leak-proof

    • Should be visible and easily reachable by the person using the sharps, and not placed in high-traffic areas, under sinks, inside cabinets or near light switches.

    • Download our Sharps Management for more details                                     

  2. Blood-Soaked Gauze (Biohazard)

    • Animal and Human alike 

    • Proper disposal steps include packaging it in a leak-resistant, puncture-resistant red disposable plastic bag with a universal biohazard symbol.                                                                                  

  3. X-Ray Fixer (Silver)

    • Used x-ray filter solution contains a high amount of silver, and is therefore considered a hazardous waste, requiring it to be handled by a hazardous waste management company.

    • Used x-ray fixer must never be flushed down the drain.

    • X-ray developer that is mixed with used fixer solution must also be disposed of through a dental waste disposal company.

    • Unused developer contains a toxic substance called hydroquinone, which cannot be flushed down the drain. Both unused and used developer should also never be disposed of into septic systems.                                                                                  

  4. Pharmaceutical Disposal 

    • If any carpules contain residual anesthetic in all states except Minnesota, they should be disposed of in a container properly labeled for transport as pharmaceutical waste to a medical waste incinerator. Why not place them into your regular medical waste container? Medical waste is treated by autoclave; since autoclave treatment does not breakdown pharmaceutical waste, incineration is required.

    • Carpules that contain visible blood are classified as sharps medical waste and must be placed in a sharps container for proper disposal.

    • Empty, unbroken carpules that contain no remaining anesthetic or aspirated blood cannot be placed in the trash for general waste disposal. Unbroken carpules go into a sharps container due to the fact that carpules could break.

    • If carpules are broken but contain no blood or anesthetic, they are classified as medical waste, and offices must discard them into the sharps container for employee and waste-worker safety.​

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