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Medical Waste Disposal: Pick-Up vs. Mail-Back?
Which Service is Right For Your Business?
As a medical waste generator, it’s your responsibility to ensure that all medical waste in your facility is managed, stored and disposed of properly. Doing so is key to remaining compliant, which in turn allows you to avoid hefty fines and violations that could damage your organization. Medical waste can be disposed of by partnering with a licensed and certified provider who will pick up your waste on a regular, scheduled basis, or there is an option for utilizing a mail-back program. Which method is ideal for your organization? Here’s a breakdown of each:
Medical Waste Pick-Up Service
Healthcare and medical facilities of all kinds dispose of their medical waste by working with a medical waste disposal company that provides pick-up services. In this case, your organization uses a variety of approved containers and bins to collect and store medical waste onsite and the disposal company picks up waste on a specific schedule. Depending on the size of your facility, pick ups could be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly–how much waste is generated determines how often your waste needs to be picked up. A key consideration with pick up medical waste disposal is ensuring that your collection bins, sharps containers, etc. never get overfilled, which could pose a safety risk to your staff, patients and visitors.
Mail-Back Medical Waste Disposal
For many smaller facilities, including some physician offices, tattoo parlors, clinics, and other similar organizations, a mail-back program is an efficient and cost effective method of medical waste disposal. In this case, your medical waste service will provide you with all you need to package up and mail in your medical waste. You will receive an approved container for your waste, a shipping box for safely shipping the medical waste, as well as a prepaid shipping label. When you are ready to mail back your waste, you simply put your container into the shipping box, put the label on and mail it in. Many providers offer live tracking of your waste, giving you peace of mind that your waste has been properly disposed of.
Whether you use pick-up or mail-back medical waste disposal, partnering with a reputable waste disposal provider is crucial. Your provider will either ensure that you have all the materials you need to safely mail back your medical waste or in the case of pick up, work with you on a schedule that is ideal for your facility–as well as help you remain compliant with OSHA and other regulatory agencies. As a medical provider or healthcare facility of any kind or size, you must follow all local, state and federal requirements to reduce risk of injury and illness, to protect the environment and to avoid any fines or violations.
All Points Medical Waste is a family owned and operated company located in Stuart, Florida, We provide both pick-up and mail-back medical waste disposal services to organizations throughout South Florida, including Okeechobee County all the way to Broward County. Give us a call today or fill out this form to learn more.