Infectious waste is that which can potentially cause infection and
disease. Also referred to as "red bag" or biohazardous waste,
infectious waste is distinct from hazardous waste. Examples include
medical sharps and contaminated pathology or laboratory wastes.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has developed numerous resources for the health care industry that include:
rules for packaging, labeling, handling and segregation of infectious waste
a requirement for transporters and storage, treatment and disposal facilities to submit management plans
storage, transport, spill response, treatment and disposal standards
a requirement for generators to develop and follow a management plan.
The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) maintains an on-line list of canister-free and reusable canister vacuum systems. Businesses may save on labor, disposal and purchase costs by using these systems to reduce infectious waste.
For on-line help reducing health care related wastes and preventing associated pollution, visit Hospitals for a Healthy Environment and Health Care Without Harm. For more information, visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency web site or call (651) 296-6300.
Recycling & Disposal Sites lists transporters that offer services to infectious waste
generators in the metro area, including containers for collection,
transportation and disposal. Transporters are required to be registered
under Minnesota law. Before hiring a transporter, verify its Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) registration by calling (651) 296-6300 or ask to see its registration card.