Each year, more than 166,666 tons of regulated medical waste is generated by New York State doctor's offices, blood labs, universities, veterinary offices, research labs, biotech companies and more. New Jersey's medical waste is equally substantial.
Routinely used doctor's office items like syringes, petri dish cultures and contaminated gloves cannot simply be thrown in the communal waste bin. Physician offices face a huge conundrum and expense when all this trash is not managed properly. Since 2006, Citiwaste has worked with doctors offices in NYC and New Jersey to properly dispose of medical waste.
The New York Department of Sanitation does not collect regulated medical, laboratory or surgical waste.
Regulated medical waste includes:
Doctor's offices must file a removal plan with the department that certifies their garbage contains only material that can be legally disposed of in NYC. Then they must either apply for permission from the Business Integrity Commission to haul their own waste or contact a specially licensed hauler who will ensure that all waste is properly autoclaved, incinerated or chemically disinfected.
According to the Department of Sanitation, using a private carter is "easier and less expensive" in most cases. Citiwaste is specially licensed to haul regulated medical waste to transfer and treatment facilities for proper decontamination and disposal that protects the population from spread of disease and groundwater contamination.
In addition to arranging flexible waste pickup, Citiwaste provides the following services for doctors' office:
New York City had a serious problem with medical waste disposal in the late 1980s. The NY Times reported on August 24, 1987: "About two years ago, people in the Westchester County hamlet of Cortlandt began complaining about odors from an old warehouse about 100 feet from a children's dance studio. When health inspectors responded, they were stunned by their discovery: about five tons of hospital and medical debris and trash, including surgically removed body parts and hypodermic needles."
Furthermore, they reported, more medical waste was discovered in a burning Brooklyn warehouse and washing up on the shores of New Jersey's finest beaches. In the immediate fall-out, 12 doctor's offices (along with 110 hospitals) were fined $499,000 for violations.
Since then, strict laws have been passed and enforced to ensure that medical waste is properly hauled and incinerated. Today, these laws are overseen by multiple agencies, including the New York State Department of Health, the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to name a few.
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