Minnesota Medical Waste DisposalMinnesota, nicknamed “The Land of 10,000 Lakes” because of the numerous lakes dotting the state, is a state of readers, theater lovers, shoppers, and dreamers. The world-renowned Mayo Clinic is in Minnesota, as is The Mall of America, with its 9.5 million square feet of retail. You can find the oldest continuously running theater in Minnesota, The Old Log Theater, and the largest regional playhouse, The Guthrie Theater. Author Laura Ingalls Wilder once lived in Minnesota; singer Prince lives here now. The largest urban sculpture garden in the U.S. is in Minneapolis and its twin city, St. Paul, is the birthplace of Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul are cities of readers, with a high literacy rate and newspaper circulation. Minnesotans are smart about their means of medical waste disposal. They call on Cyntox for hazardous waste collection and pharmaceutical waste disposal.
The State of Minnesota Definition of Medical Waste:
The State of Minnesota’s Definition of Medical Waste:
- Hazardous wastes are wastes that have been classified as hazardous by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). A waste is hazardous if it appears on one of four lists of known hazardous wastes (F, P, K or U lists), if it displays a hazardous characteristic or if it contains 50 parts per million or more polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs). A ‘characteristic’ hazardous waste is one that meets the definition in the Minnesota Rules for ignitability, oxidizer, corrosivity, reactivity, lethality or toxicity.
- Industrial solid waste is all solid waste generated from an industrial or manufacturing process, nonmanufacturing activities such as service and commercial establishments, construction debris and asbestos. Health care wastes that are not liquids, not gases, not hazardous, not infectious, not pharmaceuticals or radioactive, and not office materials or food preparation waste are industrial solid waste.
- Infectious waste is waste that has the potential to transmit disease – regulated body fluids (blood and blood products and amniotic, cerebrospinal, pericardial, peritoneal, pleural and synovial fluids) and items dripping with those fluids, laboratory waste (waste cultures and stocks), infected research animal waste, sharps and pathology waste. Infectious waste is also sometimes called biohazardous, red bag or regulated medical waste. Infectious waste is not the same as hazardous waste.
- Pharmaceutical waste includes expired drugs, medications left behind when a patient expires or leaves a health care facility, waste materials containing chemotherapy drug residues (syringes, IV bags, tubing, etc.) and drugs that are intended to be discarded.
- Radioactive wastes contain radioactive materials. Radioactive materials are used in, and wastes generated by, several areas of a health care facility including nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology, radiation oncology, blood bank, clinical laboratories, and research laboratories. Although X-rays are a form of radiation, they do not “contaminate” items and therefore, are not a source of radioactive wastes.
- Sewerable waste is liquid waste that is usually regulated by the generator’s wastewater treatment plant authority or, in some cases, the MPCA. Most of the metropolitan areas and many of the larger cities within Minnesota have local rules regulating the discharge of wastewater into the sanitary sewer. While rules may vary for different cities, limits are usually set for metals and pH. Some wastes may be prohibited, such as flammables, oils, solids, corrosives, hazardous, ground up solids and infectious wastes. Wastewaters, such as non-contact cooling and storm water, may also be prohibited from the sanitary sewer. If part of an approved infectious waste management plan, blood and body fluids may be allowed to be discharged to the sanitary sewer. Check with your wastewater treatment plant authority. Certain wastes may be discharged after they have been treated, such as acids or caustics after adjusting the pH or x-ray fixer after treating to remove silver.