Proper handling is necessary for any facility that generates medical waste — including hospitals, medical clinics, doctor’s offices, laboratories, nursing homes and veterinary clinics. The law also applies to any sites where tattoos and acupuncture are provided.
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Safe Disposal for Medical Waste
Requires Approved Biohazard Containers
Preparing Container and Scheduling Pickup
In 1990, the Oregon Legislature enacted a law for the prudent and safe handling of potentially infectious medical waste. This includes:
- Biological Waste
- Cultures and Stocks
- Pathological Waste
If your facility generates any of the four types of medical waste, you are required by law 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 holding infectious waste
- Store the medical waste
Please note that Rogue Disposal & Recycling ONLY picks up properly sealed sharps containers. Infectious waste must be placed in a separate box and it is handled by a specialized hazardous waste hauler.
Commercial Medical Disposal Rates
|Box/Tub Size||Pickup at your site||Drop-off at Rogue Disposal|
|48 Gallon Steri-tub||$57.89||N/A|
|21 Gallon Steri-tub||$48.36||N/A|
|34 Gallon Steri-box||$52.23||$39.16|
|15 Gallon Steri-box||$39.40||$27.19|
Commercial Medical Sharps Container Rates
|SHARPS CONTAINER RATES||RATES|
|1 gallon container||$5.37|
|2 gallon container||$9.06|
Commercial medical waste service from Rogue Disposal & Recycling includes pickup, delivery and disposal of the container, as well as the special bio-hazard stericycle container or sharps container itself. Please note that there is a lesser charge for the sharps containers when they are purchased and placed inside one of the boxes or tubs. Sharps containers picked up by themselves, and not packaged with other medical waste, are charged a higher rate.
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.
Bio-hazardous waste liners
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 you need an additional liner for any reason, there will be a small charge.
Weight Limit for Tubs and Boxes
There is a 40 pound weight limit for steri-boxes and a 60 pound weight limit for steri-tubs picked up by Rogue Disposal & Recycling.
Additional supplies — including sharps containers and steri-box replacement bags for 15 and 34 gallon boxes — are available for sale from Rogue Disposal & Recycling.
Proper Collection and Disposal
Because medical waste is a biohazard, it’s important to follow strict collection guidelines.
- Sharps must be stored, collected, transported and disposed of in leak-proof, rigid, puncture-resistant red plastic containers and have the word “biohazard” or the international symbol for biohazard clearly visible.
- Do not overfill the container. Everything must fit safely inside with nothing sticking out.
- Medical waste must not be placed in a trash chute, in a compactor, or in any type of container that is normally used for ordinary solid waste/trash.
Preparing Container For Pickup
Making sure medical waste is properly prepared for pickup is critical for the safety of anyone who may come in contact with the biohazard box.
- When your sharps container is full, prepare it for disposal by securely closing the opening on top, then taping it shut.
- Do NOT place the filled container in your trash can or beside the trash can. Keep it in a safe place in your facility until it’s ready for disposal.
- Sharps containers may also be placed in a steri-box or steri-tub, as long as the total weight doesn’t exceed 40 pounds.
- 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. In all cases, the final package cannot bulge.
When your current medical waste container is full, please call our office at 541.779.4161 and ask for a medical waste representative to schedule a pickup. Medical waste is picked up on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, and you must schedule your pickup at least one full business day in advance.