Medical waste poses an immense threat to human and environmental health, which is why it's important that all infectious and biohazardous material is properly treated and disposed. Given its vast numbers of hospitals, laboratories, nursing homes and health care facilities, New York State generates hundreds of tons of medical waste every day, including lancets and syringes, pharmaceutical waste and potentially infectious human pathological waste.
Citiwaste is committed to the safe handling, storage and disposal of New York's regulated medical waste (RMW), which is estimated at 250,000 tons every year. Health care workers and the general public face an increased risk of illness and disease from infectious agents when surgical or hospital waste is improperly handled. Roughly 20 percent of all medical waste generated by the health care industry is deemed "hazardous" material that may be infectious, radioactive or toxic, which can lead to catastrophic environmental damage if not properly regulated. At Citiwaste, our strict protocols ensure the careful handling, safe transport and needed documentation for medical and biohazardous waste disposal throughout New York's 62 counties, keeping you compliant with all state and federal regulations.
For more than 30 years, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have maintained regulatory oversight over RMW management within the state including its storage, treatment processes and disposal, with each department responsible for different facets. Regulated institutions within the state include: hospitals, blood banks, clinical laboratories, nursing homes, veterinarians, in-home health providers, funeral homes, doctor's offices, correctional facilities, research labs, pharmaceutical companies, universities and colleges, company infirmaries, as well as waste management companies.
The NY Department of Health supervises the onsite waste management of independent diagnostic and treatment centers, residential health care facilities, hospitals and clinical laboratories. Treatment of medical waste may include incineration, autoclaving, microwave thermal treatment, chemical disinfection or other procedures that have been approved by the DOH. The DEC provides complementary oversight over institutions not regulated by the DOH, and ensures that all generators of RMW store and dispose of their waste using the same standards and protocol.
Since the Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1989, which was in effect in NY, NJ, RI and CT for two years, New York has required management standards for the segregation, labeling, packaging and storage of medical waste that includes a system for tracking and safe disposal. As such, all institutions that generate RMW must complete the Medical Waste Tracking Form, provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Materials Management.
Citiwaste helps the health care sector stay compliant with state and federal medical waste disposal regulations, and is proud to serve all New York counties, including:
Citiwaste is a trusted medical waste management company in the state of New York, providing biohazardous waste removal, sharps disposal and safety compliance solutions in:
For more information about the advantages of partnering with Citiwaste, which offers non-restrictive contracts and flexible waste collection pick-ups throughout New York, please call 877-535-CITI (2484). Rest assured that our professionals are fully insured, licensed and OSHA-trained