North Carolina Medical Waste DisposalNorth Carolina is a mix of southern charm and hospitality and new cutting-edge ideas and innovations in technology. Other big business in the “Tar Heel State” includes furniture making (the city of High Point is nicknamed the “Furniture Capital of the World”), tobacco, brick and textiles. North Carolina is also the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the U.S. Fayetteville created the first miniature golf course and the Krispy Kreme “Hot” light would not be a draw for donut lovers without Winston-Salem, home of the first Krispy Kreme store. Beach lovers flock to the beautiful Outer Banks, while other visitors and locals enjoy the state’s 1,500 lakes and 37,000 miles of freshwater streams. Keep North Carolina’s beaches and rivers free of biohazard waste. Contact Cyntox, experts in medical waste disposal in North Carolina to help you with regulated medical waste.
The State of North Carolina Definition of Medical Waste:
The State of North Carolina’s Definition of Medical Waste:
North Carolina classifies wastes generated by health care facilities into four main categories:
- Hazardous wastes. This refers to a class of wastes specifically defined in a federal law (the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA). These wastes contain certain toxic chemicals or have certain characteristics that cause them to be a significant risk to the environment and/or human health. Certain some chemotherapy waste is hazardous waste. In North Carolina, hazardous waste regulations are enforced by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR).
- Medical waste. Medical waste means any solid waste which is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, in research, or in the production or testing of biologicals. It does not include any hazardous waste, radioactive waste, or household waste.
- Regulated medical waste (RMW). These are a special subcategory of medical wastes that present significant health risks such as the potential for infectious disease transmission, and special rules apply to them. In North Carolina, RMW is defined in general as “blood and body fluids in individual containers in volumes greater than 20 ml, microbiological waste, and pathological waste that have not been treated pursuant to specific standards. However, if a waste has been designated as a “hazardous waste” by the NC DENR, the hazardous waste rules apply. (Refer to the regulation for details).
- Municipal solid waste. These wastes present fewer environmental or health risks than medical wastes. Municipal solid waste can be disposed of into dumpsters.