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Types of Biohazardous Waste and Disposal Procedures

Medical facilities must pay a great attention to one subcategory of medical waste—biohazardous waste. Biohazardous waste contains biological agents ( these agents may include bacteria, parasites, mold, viruses and other microorganisms that can harm health or lead to mortality in humans ) if it is released in the environment, it may pose risk to the population.

Biohazardous waste can be generated in many places inside your facility:

  • In pathology laboratories that analyze human or animal cultures for presence of pathogens.
  • In research labs that develop vaccines or study infection agents.
  • In operating/autopsy rooms where infected tissues are removed.
  • In patient rooms during patient care.

The Four Main Types of Biohazardous Waste

Solid Biohazardous Waste

You can find in it non-sharp items that came in contact with human or animal specimen materials, such as tissues or body fluids. These items include, but are not limited to petri dishes, pipettes, personal protective equipment, towels and linens and any type of dishes and containers. Note that sharps (scalpels, needles, etc.) are managed separately and so are easily breakable items like blood vials that could become sharp.

Collections and Disposal Procedures:

A designated container with a lid that is lined with an autocalve bag and marked with the biohazard symbol must collect this type of waste. Solid biohazardous waste can be decontaminated on site through autoclaving and disposed as regular medical waste through an approved landfill. It must be collected by your waste management company for proper decontamination and disposal in case it’s not decontaminated,

Liquid Biohazardous Waste

Liquid biohazardous waste consists mainly of blood and body fluids that could be contaminated with infectious agents. It can generally be considered and disposed of as solid biohazardous waste if the amount of liquid is less than 25 mls,

Collection and Disposal Procedures

All liquid biohazardous waste must be collected in leak-proof containers which don’t allow to tip over and which are labeled as biohazard. Secondary vessels, such as a tray or a bucket, can serve as an additional security measure as the primary liquid containers can be placed into them Most liquid waste can be disposed of by either chemical treatment with bleach or autoclaving on the liquid cycle. If the liquids contain a mixture of bodily fluid and chemical waste, make a call your medical waste removal provider for disposal recommendations.

Sharp Biohazardous Waste

Sharp biohazardous waste (simply sharps) is any medical device that is sharp enough to puncture skin (not to mention a plastic bag) and that had been in contact with potentially infectious biological material. Sharps include things like scalpels, needles, microscope slides, saw blades, broken glass vials, etc.

Collection and Disposal Procedures

There esixt some containers which are typically designated for collecting sharps. They are resistant to puncture, leak-proof and safe to handle. Irrespective of the biohazard status, all sharps should be collected in such containers, but biohazardous sharps will be labeled with an appropriate symbol. Local medical waste contractor picks up the contaminated sharps and disposes them. Plastic serological pipettes, while not sharp enough to puncture skin, can go through plastic bags, which is why they must be managed either as sharps or otherwise separated from the rest of the solid biohazardous waste.

Pathological Biohazardous Waste

Removed human (or animal) organs, tissues and body parts that have been exposed to infectious agents are considered to be pathological waste .

Collection and Disposal Procedures: Pathologica l waste should be double-bagged and stored similar to liquid waste in secondary containers in order to be able to avoid potential leaks,. It is generally disposed of through incineration or chemical treatment, but not autoclaving.

Do you have any questions about how to handle biohazardous waste in your facility? Do not hesitate to contact Glycon for advice, recommendations or medical waste collection services in Southern California ( Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Anaheim, Riverside, Irvine, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, San Diego…)


Any person creates rubbish. However, the disposal of our trash and waste can be different. Some people recycle it. Others burn trash in a five-gallon drum. Some others throw it away in the nearest trash can. Yet, bio-medical waste is not your “normal” trash or waste. Actually, the way of medical waste disposal may differ from state to state according to their laws and regulations.

People who fail to dispose it properly may have to pay hefty fines. Everyone should be careful not to make mistakes during the disposal of their facility’s biomedical waste.

Avoid Improper Handling of Biomedical Waste

While handling medical waste, it is very important to follow rules and regulations. These rules don’t harden your job it just cares of your and the others’ around you.

If your facility handles biomedical waste, you have to know the specific guidelines set forth by OSHA, your state of operation, and the government.

At Glycon, we understand the importance of staying compliant. We offer online OSHA training to help your employees stay safe and keep your facility from getting fined due to non-compliance.

Avoid Not Having the Proper Training

It doesn’t make any difference where you work as it is important to provide corresponding training to your staff members. It will not only hinder your employees what they are expected to do but it also prevents confusion later on if something does come up.

In addition to offering online OSHA training, we can also work with you to create a DOT Approved Biomedical Waste Plant hat is customized to fit the needs of your facility. These plans, along with proper training, help keep your team, our team, and the public safe from potentially infectious wastes.

Avoid Placing Waste In The Wrong Containers

As some medical waste have infectious nature, the waste must be thrown into the correct containers. You cannot throw medical waste in a regular trash can close to your desk or put used needles in an old gallon milk jug. It is also important to label medical waste containers in a right way. This helps to identify what types of waste go into what container.

At Glycon, we offer the necessary biohazard bags and biohazard boxes / biohazard containers to keep you safe and compliant. These containers are specifically designed to hold biohazardous material securely until it can be disposed of correctly.

Avoid Not Using Licensed Biomedical Waste Services

When you need to refer to biomedical waste disposal services, you cannot just hire anyone. In order to keep your business developing and your facility compliant, you should hire a licensed biomedical waste service. From medical facilities and hotel chains to tattoo parlors and manufacturing facilities, we offer dependable and affordable waste management. As we have over 5 years of experience and are licensed to operate within the lower 48, you can feel confident in your waste management choice.

Glycon is here to help you with all your biomedical waste disposal needs. Wherever you are either in North Carolina or in Southern California, Glycon provides services from coast to coast. With consistent and competitive pricing, were always ready to help you find the right medical waste disposal solution to meet your needs.

Contact us just now and let us work with you to create a biomedical waste disposal schedule suitable for your clinic, business, or facility


When one speaks about medical waste, many people may be astonished that hospitals and clinics are not the only types of institutions that create dangerous waste and/or bio-medical waste. Actually, the list is growing with the different types of businesses and facilities that  every day add to the medical waste stream each.

In order to  see if your business made the list and to learn how Glycon LLC can help you with removal and disposal of your medical waste we are offering you to read the following.

Who Creates Medical Waste?

Medical waste is classified as  “any solid waste generated in the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of humans or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or even in the process of testing of biologicals”.

That is why  there exist some  businesses and facilities that may be disposing of medical waste by simply throwing it in the trash. To learn why this is a big “no, no”, read our blog, 3 Reasons Why Bio-Medical Waste Services Are Necessary. Let’s see, schools and daycare facilities have a nurse on staff so as to take care of accidents such as a bloody knee or nurses may be responsible for managing daily shots. In this case, the nurse would need to dispose of the used needles in a sharps container.

Veterinary offices, dental offices, and lab and research facilities also require a proper removal and disposal services. However, the in-home care industry is considered to be one of the fastest growing business. There exist a growing number of home health nurses who help patients in their homes after surgeries or even on a daily basis.

Hotel chains, tattoo parlors, and manufacturing facilities also are considered industries producing medical waste. Glycon LLC has a diversified client base and aims to work with businesses so as to create a safe and healthy environment with the help of using proper disposal solutions.

Glycon Can Help You Manage Your Hazardous And Medical Waste Disposal

Pick-up options – Glycon LLC offers a variety of pick-up options no matter weekly or semi-annually. Glycon LLC will assist you in creating a schedule that meets your facility’s requirements.

Availability – Glycon LLC is available from coast to coast. It provides services to the lower 48 states.

Low prices, high customer satisfaction – Glycon LLC provides consistent and competitive pricing on all of its services. As our business is based on integrity, honesty, kindness, decency, respect, compassion and a belief in truth, justice, honor, love, and working together to make life better, we offer fair contracts with fixed prices.

It doesn’t matter what kind of your business or industry, if you produce medical waste, Glycon LLC will  help you certainly. Contact us any time you need by giving us a call at (844) 494-8222. Let Glycon LLC do the research to create a safe and compliant medical waste disposal plan that fits you and your business’s needs.


Some people while hearing  the term “bio-medical waste” would  think of the antagonist in that one sci-fi movie you meet and watched because you were bored or couldn’t find the remote. However, most medical waste is no longer  harmfulcompared to  regular waste we produce on a daily basis. Still, the large amounts of bio-medical waste should be taken seriously, and as there are some types of medical waste, which can be harmful and even infectious to humans, bio-medical waste services are necessary. Below you will find a thorough explanation  on why bio-medical waste services are necessary.


Biomedical waste may  harmful to population because of its  content. All medical waste, especially waste from hospitals and clinics must  be handled regarding that the waste is or could be infectious to people. Some biomedical waste items having infectious impact  to humans are any items which contain blood, items containing bodily fluid like catheters, gloves, cultures, bandages, gauze, etc.. The waste like this must be  disposed of properly so that unaware humans do not have any contact with them.


Biomedical waste  is harmful both  to people and to animals and the overall environment in case if it is not disposed of properly. The quantity of the waste produced by hospitals alone is increasing every day. Considering that 15% to 25% of all medical waste is biomedical, infectious waste, it must not only be  removed from sites properly but it must  also be disposed of properly. If waste is not disposed of properly, it can contaminate the air, water, and even the soil. This may result to infectious rodents and insects that can transmit diseases.


Laws on biomedical waste disposal and biomedical waste services are becoming more strict because authorities became to understand the possible dangers associated with biomedical waste, medical waste removal, and medical waste disposal.
We not only appreciate  the safety of our own employee sat Glycon, but we also value our clients’ safety. Glycon offers OSHA certifications at the click of a mouse to help your business/industry learn more about workplace safety when it comes to biomedical waste so that you don’t receive costly penalties.

As we are already aware biomedical waste can be very dangerous and harmful  to humans and the environment, and potentially infectious, however it won’t turn into a green slimy monster that takes over a small suburban town. If you are in charge of a hospital, not very big clinic, veterinarian office, dentist office, or any facility and institution  that produces biomedical waste in the result of  your job duties, Glycon is always here to assist you.

Glycon is licensed and realizes the importance of safety when handling and disposing of medical waste and biomedical waste.