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Frequently Asked Questions About Various Waste

March 12, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions About Various Waste

Knowing what to do with your waste is not always straightforward.

Our knowledgeable staff at LB Medwaste specializes in efficient, clean and successful removal of waste whether at your workplace or home. Part of our job is to also help you better understand the proper disposal of waste, and it’s importance to the health and safety of everyone.

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear:

Q: Can I put soiled bandages, medical gloves and disposable bed linens in the trash?
A: Contaminated wound dressings, disposable sheets and pads, gloves, and dialysis machine filters may be double-bagged in a standard plastic garbage bag and securely fastened. This material can then be combined with other household garbage for disposal.

Q: What are the most common hazardous wastes?
A: Fertilizers, motor oil, paint supplies, anti-breeze, asbestos, solvents, aerosols, photo chemicals, and poisons. LB Medwaste will make sure your facility is current and compliant with the laws that require proper labeling, transport and tracking of all hazardous wastes.

Q: What material from a funeral home is considered medical waste?
A: The only regulated medical waste from funeral homes are blood and body fluids. These must be placed in containers that close, prevent leakage of fluids, and are labeled. LB Medwaste has the proper container for your medical waste disposal needs.

Q: What is universal waste and why can’t I put it in the trash?
A: Universal waste includes things like common batteries, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, electrical devices and switches, and mercury thermometers. Wisconsin outlaws regular trash disposal of fluorescent bulbs because it is very likely that the bulbs will be broken during handling. We will arrange pick up and keep records of devices, tracking, and destruction procedures for your universal waste.

Q: Do I need to sterilize sharps before disposing of them?
A: No, this step is not necessary. You can dispose of sharps in a sharps container. LB Medwaste carries sharps containers, both reusable and disposable, for hospitals, physician offices, dental practices, labs and manufacturing facilities.

Q: What is considered medical waste?
A: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical waste is “waste sufficiently capable of causing infection during handling and disposal.” These include blood-soaked bandages, discarded surgical gloves, discarded sharps, etc. LB Medwaste utilizes an incineration method that is also environmentally friendly. We have high standards for the efficient, clean and successful removal of medical waste to reduce any risk at your workplace.

Q: Do I need to remove staples, clips or binders from my paper that I want to have shred?
A: No, you do not have to remove staples, clips or binders from paper before shredding. Our shredders are efficient and can handle staples, paperclips and very thick paper files. Contact us for cost-effective and confidential shredding and disposal services.

Have a question about the management of your waste? Give us a call.

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