In 2016, Penn Waste received over 500 pounds of medical waste at our recycling facility! This is a public safety hazard for our team members who manually sort through the recycling, putting them at risk of getting stuck by a needle.
Medical waste is defined as potentially infectious waste materials generated at health care facilities. These facilities include but are not limited to hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, dental practices, blood banks, and veterinary hospitals/clinics, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories. Also included is at home treatment materials, such as syringes and other material used for medical treatment. Whether the material is used or brand new, to eliminate any safety hazard with our employees, we recommend that these items are disposed of in the proper manner.
Medical waste needs to be properly disposed of in the TRASH. We recommend placing any used needles in a heavy plastic container (laundry detergent bottles, coffee containers, etc.). This will ensure that the needles will not stick any of our employees during collection. In order to ensure that the lid will not open, please consider taping the lid to the container. BE SURE to place these materials in your trash bag or can. This will ensure that the material will be taken to one of our waste disposal sites and not taken to our recycling facility.
Please help us keep our team members safe!