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Experience safe, compliant, and hassle-free biohazard waste disposal with United States Medical Waste Services. Your trusted partner for safe and secure medical waste management.

Biohazard Waste Disposal Service

United States Medical Waste Services  is your go-to solution for compliant biohazard waste disposal in Arizona and San Diego. Specializing in a range of tailored services, we excel at safely and efficiently managing all forms of biohazardous waste. Contact us today for peace of mind in biohazard waste management.

About Our Biohazard Waste Disposal Service

Why Choose United States Medical Waste Is The Clear Choice!

Locally Owned

When you choose to support our locally owned business, you can trust that you are making a positive impact on your community, as your patronage directly supports local jobs, services, and initiatives.

Veteran Owned

We are honored to be a veteran-owned business, founded and operated by individuals who have proudly served in the military. Our commitment to excellence, integrity, and service is deeply rooted in our military experience.

Total Security

By emphasizing total compliance, we aim to build trust with our stakeholders, protect our reputation, and contribute to a fair and sustainable business environment.

At United States Medical Waste Services, we specialize in compliant and safe biohazard waste disposal. Understanding the critical nature of proper waste management, we deliver top-notch services to ensure your business stays within regulations. Reach out today for expert biohazard waste solutions.

Community Leading Biohazard Waste Disposal Service

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Biohazard Waste refers to any waste that is potentially infectious or can cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment. This includes certain types of medical waste and other items that come into contact with bodily fluids like blood, saliva, or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) clearly defines what is considered as biohazardous.

Biohazardous Waste Items Include:

  • Human Fluids: Blood, semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, amniotic fluid, and any body fluid visibly contaminated with blood.

  • Pathological Waste: Human body tissues or organs removed during surgery or autopsy.

  • Microbiological Waste: Lab waste that comes from working with infectious agents.

  • Animal Waste: Animal carcasses, body parts, or bedding, especially if they've been exposed to infectious agents.

What is biohazard waste?

A biohazard container is a special bin used to safely throw away things that might have germs that can make people sick. These germs can come from human blood or other body fluids. We have to be extra careful with these things because we don't want anyone to get hurt or sick.

Here's what you should know about biohazard containers:

  • They are the primary waste containers found beside patient beds (that's why we sometimes call them "bedside" containers).

  • They are red or have a red bag inside.

  • They show a biohazard symbol, which looks like three connected circles. This tells us that there might be harmful germs inside.

  • You can find these containers in places like hospitals, clinics, or doctor's offices.

  • It's designed to be operated with your foot. This way, hands stay clean, and there's less risk of spreading germs.

  • When throwing something away, make sure the bag inside isn't too full. It should not hold more than three pounds or fill more than one gallon.

  • After a medical procedure, the waste goes straight from where it happened into this container.

  • The person or place (like a hospital) that produces this kind of waste is called the "generator." They have to make sure that once the container is full or ready to be thrown away, the bag inside is safely taken out and moved to a larger bin called the Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) Container.

  • These containers follow special rules set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the standard called 29 CFR 1910.1030. This makes sure everyone stays safe!

What is a biohazard waste container?

A biohazard container helps to keep everyone safe from harmful germs. So, it's important to place it in the right spot! Here's a simple guide for where to put your biohazard container:

  • Near where it's needed: Put the container close to where you'll use it. For example, if it's in a doctor's office, it should be near where the doctor does exams or treatments.

  • Easy to see and reach: It shouldn't be hidden behind furniture or in a corner. People should see it easily and reach it without stretching or bending too much.

  • Away from busy areas: It's best to keep the container away from high-traffic places where lots of people walk. We don't want anyone to bump into it or knock it over.

  • Safe from kids: If kids are around, place the container somewhere high or locked so they can't touch or open it.

  • Foot-operated: Make sure it's on a flat surface where the foot pedal works well. Using the foot pedal means hands stay clean and germ-free!

  • Away from direct sunlight: Sunlight can weaken the bag inside and might make it break. Find a shady spot for your container.

  • On a stable surface: It should be on a flat floor, not wobbly or tilted. This way, it won't tip over.

  • Easy for pick-up: Think about the people who will come to collect the waste. Place the container somewhere they can get to it easily and safely.

Where should I place my biohazard container?

Biohazard containers are very special trash cans. They are made to hold certain dangerous waste. But, not everything should go inside. Let's go over what you should never put in a biohazard container:

  • Loose Sharps: Things like needles, scalpels, and broken glass are called "sharps." These can poke or cut people. Sharps should NEVER be thrown directly into a biohazard container. First, you need to put them in a special sharps container. Once that sharps container is full and closed, then you can put the whole sharps container into the biohazard container.

  • Regular Trash: Things like paper, wrappers, and food shouldn't go in a biohazard container. They have their own regular trash can.

  • Medicines: Leftover pills, liquids, or creams should not be thrown in. There are special ways to get rid of old medicines.

  • Chemicals: Stuff like bleach, cleaners, or other chemicals shouldn't be mixed with biohazard waste. They can be dangerous if mixed.

  • Batteries and Electronics: These can leak or break, and they need their own special way of being thrown away.

  • Broken Equipment: If something from the doctor's office breaks, like a machine or tool, it shouldn't go into the biohazard container.

  • Personal Items: Things like toys, clothes, or personal items should be kept out.

What should NOT go into a biohazard waste container?

Scheduled Service Frequencies

  • Weekly (Every 1-Week)

  • Bi-Weekly (Every 2-Week)

  • Monthly (Every 4-Week)

  • Bi-Monthly (Every 8-Weeks)

  • Quarterly (Every-12Weeks)

  • Will Call (As Requested)

We understand that your sharps disposal needs are unique, which is why we offer flexible service schedules tailored to your organization's requirements. You can choose from any of the following secure electronics recycling frequencies:

FAQ About Our Biohazard Waste Disposal Services

  • No, loose sharps cannot be placed directly into this container. Sharps must first be placed into a sharps container. To understand the correct process, please refer to our sharps disposal process page.

  • YES! Biohazard waste containers are available for purchase.  Biohazard containers may be purchased from San Diego Medical Waste Services separately from your disposal service by visiting

  • The medical waste container labeling, San Diego County Ordinance SEC. 68.1205, was enacted in 1989 as a response to medical wastes that were washed ashore on area beaches and were found dumped in County landfills.  Proper labeling must include: generator’s name, address and phone number

  • NO PHARMACEUTICALS can be placed inside of this container. All pharmaceuticals must be placed into a pharmaceutical waste container at point of generation (in patient room). Once ready for disposal, place the pharmaceutical waste containers next to (NOT INSIDE OF) the regulated medical waste (RMW) container to be picked up during your scheduled service day. Please note, THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE​:

    • RCRA Pharmaceuticals

    • Controlled Substances

    • Chemicals

  • They should be placed into the medical waste container once ready for disposal prior to our arrival on the scheduled service day.

Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Friday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

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Biohazard Waste Disposal Guide

Step 1
  • Place the primary biohazard waste container within the immediate area of use.

  • Prior to use, line each biohazard container with an approved biohazard bag.

  • Label each biohazard bag with your facility's name, address, and phone number.

Placement & Labeling
Step 2
  • Upon generation, immediately place any biohazard or infectious waste into the lined biohazard container.

  • ​Continue to fill this container until it is full or ready to dispose.

  • Once full or ready to dispose, tie the liner (biohazard bag) into an approved knot.

  • ​Remove the tied liner from the biohazard waste container and place it into the Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) Container (Next Step). 

  • Replace the liner with a new one to repeat the disposal process. 

Primary Sharps Waste Container
Step 3
  • On or before your scheduled service, remove biohazard bags from your interim storage areas or patient rooms and place the entire biohazard liner inside of the Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) container. 

  • PRO TIP: Both sharps containers and biohazard bags are commingled into Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) containers for disposal.

Designated Accumulation Area
Step 4
  • On your scheduled service day, we will perform a one for one exchange of your onsite regulated medical waste (RMW) container and deliver any pre ordered products (sharps containers, biohazard bags, etc).

  • Any waste that does not make it into the medical waste container prior to our arrival may be placed into the new container for pickup on your next scheduled service day.

Scheduled Medical Waste Service

Medical Waste Containers 101

Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) Containers

In compliance with the Health and Safety Code Sections 17600 - 118360. Containers shall comply with United States Department of Transportation requirements when prepared for transport offsite from the facility.​​​

  • NO Loose Sharps can be placed inside of this container. (Use a sharps container)

  • NO PHARMACEUTICALS can be placed inside of this container

  • Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) Containers Dimension:

    • 18 Gallon: 16"H x 19″W x 19″D *TW@8lb

    • 28 Gallon: 22"H x 19″W x 19″D *TW@9.6lb

    • 38 Gallon: 33"H x 19″W x 19″D *TW@11lb

    • 10 Gallon: 16"H x 20″W x 12.5″D *TW@11lb

    • 17 Gallon: 26"H x 20″W x 12.5″D *TW@11lb

Designated Accumulation Area
Regulated Medcal Waste Containers
Primary Biohazard Waste Container (Bedside)

In compliance with the Health and Safety Code Sections 17600 - 118360. Containers shall comply with United States Department of Transportation requirements when prepared for transport offsite from the facility.​

  • Medical waste may be placed into a biohazard bag not to exceed three pounds or one gallon

  • Tied, as required, in a patient room and shall be immediately transported upon completion of the procedure directly from the point of generation and placed into a Regulated Medical Waste RMW Container

  • NO Loose Sharps can be placed inside of this container. (Use a sharps container)

  • NO PHARMACEUTICALS can be placed inside of this container

Interim Storage Area
biohazard waste containers
Primary Sharps Waste Container (Bedside)

“Sharps container” means a rigid puncture-resistant container used in patient care or research activities meeting the standards of, and receiving approval from, the United States Food and Drug Administration as a medical device used for the collection of discarded medical needles or other sharps.​

  • Sharps containers are single use and are expendable to the generator.  Sharps containers may be purchased from San Diego Medical Waste Services separately from your disposal service by visiting

  • NO PHARMACEUTICALS can be placed inside of this container

Primary Sharps Waste Container
sharps waste containers
Primary Pharmaceutical Waste Container (Bedside)

Pharmaceutical waste should be incinerated or treated using approved methods. Charcoal-based products aren't approved, so use a pharmaceutical waste container for disposal. Don't mix pharmaceuticals with these products in solid waste, biohazard, or sharps containers.

  • All Pharmaceuticals Must Be Placed Into A Pharmaceutical Waste Container At Point Of Generation. 

  • Loose Sharps can be placed inside of this container. (Used a sharps container)

  • Once Ready For Disposal, Place Pharmaceutical Waste Containers Next To (NOT INSIDE OF) The Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) Container To Be Picked Up During Your Scheduled Service Day. 

Interim Storage Area
Pharmaceutical waste containers
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