Commercial Medical Waste

Due to concern over the transmission of HIV (AIDS) and Hepatitis B, the 1990 Oregon Legislature enacted a law for the prudent and safe handling of potentially infectious medical waste.

As the area’s leading solid waste hauler, we responded to this need for proper collection and disposal of commercial medical waste with a special Commercial Medical Waste program.

Proper handling is necessary for any facility that generates medical waste—including hospitals, medical clinics, doctor’s offices, nursing homes and veterinary clinics, as well as any site where tattoos or acupuncture are provided.

After reading the information here, if you have other questions regarding sharps or infectious wastes in general, please contact the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at (503) 229-5913 or 1-800-452-4011. Ask for the Waste Management and Cleanup Division.

Rates, Supplies and Billing Information:

Commercial medical waste service from Rogue Disposal & Recycling includes delivery, pickup and disposal, as well as the special bio-hazard stericycle container. We offer several options by which you can safely store and prepare your medical waste for disposal.

Payment is collected at the time of service. Once an account has been established with our accounting department, accounts can be billed on a monthly basis.
*Rates effective January 1, 2018

Commerical Medical Steri-Tub-Box Disposal Rates
Box/Tub SizePickup at your siteDrop-off at Rogue Disposal
48 Gallon Steri-tub$56.37N/A
21 Gallon Steri-tub$47.09N/A
34 Gallon Steri-box$50.86$38.13
15 Gallon Steri-box$38.36$26.48
Commerical Medical Sharps Container Rates
1 gallon container $5.23
2 gallon container $8.82

Please note that there is no additional charge for sharps containers if they are placed in one of the boxes or tubs. These prices are for sharps containers picked up by themselves—not packaged with other medical waste.

  • One bio-hazardous waste liner is provided with each receptacle at no charge. When your Steri-Box or Steri-Tub is collected, you will receive a new liner at no charge. If, for whatever reason, you need an additional liner, there will be a small charge.
  • The “drop-off” rate listed above applies only to the 15 and 34 gallon boxes dropped off at Rogue Disposal’s shop located at 4100 Crater Lake Avenue. Drop-offs can be made between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. by appointment only. To schedule your appointment, please call 541-779-4161.
  • Please note that there is a 40 pound weight limit for boxes and a 60 pound weight limit for tubs picked up by Rogue Disposal & Recycling. Additional supplies, sharps boxes and replacement bags are available for sale for 15 and 34 gallon boxes from Rogue Disposal & Recycling.

What Is Medical Waste?

There are four main categories of medical waste.


Needles, IV tubing with needles attached, scalpel blades, lancets, glass tubes that could be broken during handling and syringes that have been removed from their original sterile containers.

Biological Waste

Blood and blood products, excretions, exudates, secretions, suctionings and other bodily fluids that cannot be directly discarded into a municipal sewer system. Also includes waste materials saturated with blood or bodily fluids. Saturated waste contains enough blood or bodily fluid to cause dripping with or without compaction. This does not include diapers soiled with urine or feces.

Cultures and Stocks

Specimen cultures and dishes and devices used to transfer, inoculate and mix cultures. Also includes wastes from production of biological, as well as serums and discarded live and attenuated vaccines. Does not include throat and urine cultures.

Pathological Waste

All biopsy materials, human tissues and anatomical parts that come from surgery, obstetrical procedures, autopsy procedures and lab procedures. Also includes animal carcasses exposed to pathogens in research (and their bedding) and other preservative agents.

Proper Handling

If your facility generates any of the above types of medical waste, you are, by law, required to follow certain procedures to properly package and dispose of that waste.

  • Segregate medical waste from other waste at the point of generation
  • Clearly identify containers as infectious waste
  • Store the medical waste


A. Per the Oregon State Health Division, medical waste must be treated or disposed of within three to seven days of generation. Refrigerated or frozen waste can be stored for 30 days and enclosed sharps can be stored longer. Unless there is a change in the current administrative rule, please assume that all medical waste (excluding sharps) will be collected at least once a week.

B. If your medical waste is kept in an enclosure, the enclosure must be secured to prevent access and marked with prominent warnings. While current law does not mandate the use of an enclosure, it is advisable to use a well-marked enclosure in order to prevent any accidental public access to the waste.

Proper On-Site Collection:

Sharps must be stored, collected, transported and disposed of in leak-proof, rigid, puncture-resistant red plastic containers that are tightly closed with a tight-fitting cover to prevent the loss of contents. This is the only acceptable way of disposal. These containers are available from Rogue Disposal & Recycling as part of our Commercial Medical Waste program.

Packaged medical waste must be conspicuously labeled with the international bio-hazard symbol and the words “Biomedical Waste” clearly visible on all sides of the container. Containers from Rogue Disposal & Recycling are labeled in this manner.

You may not place medical waste in a trash chute, in a compactor or in any type of container that is normally used for ordinary solid waste.

Preparing For And Scheduling Pickup:

Sharps Container – Once your container is full, prepare it for pickup by securely closing and taping the top opening. Do not place the filled container in your regular trash can or beside the can. Do not overfill the container. Everything must fit safely inside, with nothing protruding. Medical waste is handled only by our trained environmental services personnel.

Sharps container may also be placed in a box or tub, as long as the total weight does not exceed 40 pounds. Remember, the final package cannot bulge.

  • For Steri-Tubs: Tie off red liners before putting the lid on.
  • For Steri-Boxes: Line the box with two red liners. All formaldehyde/formalin must be poured off specimens before packing. Tie off red liners before sealing boxes.

Scheduled pickup:

When your current medical waste container is full, please contact our office at 541-779-4161. Representatives are available to take your calls Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ask for a medical waste representative and we will schedule a medical waste pickup for your facility.

Please note, medical waste is picked up on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, and you must schedule your pickup at least one full business day in advance.

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