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Michigan Medical Waste Disposal: Michigan Medical Waste Regulations. In Michigan the Medical Waste Regulatory Program administers and enforces Michigan’s Medical Waste Regulatory Act. Hence, the MWRP enforces the MWRA. The MWRA includes regulations requiring proper handling, storage, treatment, and disposal of potentially infectious medical waste.
Medical waste must be properly managed to safeguard those who come into contact with it from injury, disease, or infection. Medical waste producing facilities must follow MWRA guidelines from the moment medical waste is produced until it is disposed. Medical waste producers must also register as such under the MWRA.
The MWRA was enacted in 1990 in response to incidents of medical waste washing up on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, as well as other places in Michigan. This is similar to what happened on the east coast causing congress to enact the Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988.
The purpose of the program was to prevent public health risks and preserve the environment.

Michigan Medical Waste Regulatory Information – For your convenience we have included quick links below for registering as a medical waste producer in Michigan and reference materials. For the latest rules and regulations contact Bio-MED or visit https://www.michigan.gov/egle/about/organization/materials-management/medical-waste-regulatory-program

Forms, Information and Examples

  • How to Portal Instructions for: Initial Application for Registration as a Producing Facility of Medical Waste – Form
  • Michigan Environment Portal where you can; Apply for permits, Manage your permits (pay fees, apply for renewals), View issued permits, and more. – Portal
  • Sample Medical Waste Management Plan – MWM Plan
  • Medical Waste Producing Facilities Administrative Rules – Rules
  • Medical Waste Regulatory Act – PDF

Michigan Medical Waste FAQ’s


Quick compliance checklist
  • Obtain a Certificate of Registration as a Medical Waste Producing Facility: Facilities generating medical waste must renew their registration every three years, with automatic renewal notices sent out. Fees range from $50 to $150 based on facility type. New applicants can find initial registration forms above and on the MW website.
  • Complete a Medical Waste Management Plan: All facilities producing medical waste must maintain a detailed plan, listing the types of waste produced and their packaging, storage, treatment, and disposal methods. This plan must be kept on-site and presented to the DEQ upon inspection. A template is available above on the MW website.
  • Employee Safety and Record of Training: Employees must always use proper personal protective equipment and follow universal precautions to minimize infection and exposure risks. Facilities must document training records for all employees managing medical waste, retaining them per the Medical Waste Management Plan for at least three years for inspection.
  • Packaging and Storage: Ensure continuous use of suitable bags, containers, and packaging for correct medical waste segregation and safety. Refer to Part 138 of Act 368 and www.michigan.gov/deqmedwaste for packing, storage requirements, and disposal vendor information. Medical waste, including sharps, must not be stored at the producing facility for more than 90 days, starting from the date the container is first used.
  • Shipment Records: Documentation that verifies regulated medical waste is removed from the facility and properly treated and disposed every 90 days is required to be made available upon inspection for a minimum of 3 years.
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Michigan’s Definition of Medical Waste

In Michigan the MWRA defines specifically what is considered medical waste and subject to the regulations. These items when generated, stored, treated, or disposed of by a producing facility.

  • Cultures, Stocks, and Biologicals, of Infectious Agents.
  • Human and Animal Blood and Body Fluids.
  • Sharps.
  • Pathological Waste.
  • Contaminated Animal Waste Infectious to Humans.

What is a Medical Waste Producing facility in Michigan?

In Michigan a Producing facility means any facility that generates any amount of medical waste or, stores, decontaminates, or incinerates medical waste. Some Examples of producing facilities include. Hospitals, Private Practices (DDS, DVM, DO, MD, etc.), tattoo shops, body art facilities, funeral homes, pharmacies offering shots, health departments, clinics, etc.

Producing Facilities Must Register

Facilities that produce any amount of medical waste in Michigan are required to register with the state of Michigan.  This is called a certificate of registration and expires every three years.

Medical Waste Management Plan

In addition to obtaining a certificate of registration producing facilities must, have a medical waste management plan in place, this plan lists and describes the types of medical waste produced and the methods for packing, storing, treatment, and disposal process used for each type of waste generated. If you have questions concerning this plan you can contact Bio-MED medical waste at 800-736-2466.

Employee Training

A record of training for all employees with occupational exposure to medical waste at the facility must be documented in accordance with the facilities medical waste management plan and made available upon inspection for a minimum of three years. Proper personal protective equipment and universal precautions should be made available should be made available to the employee at no charge and practiced at all times to prevent the risk of infection and exposure to employees.

Bio-MED offers an easy to access and use online portal for training and record keeping. Contact us today for details.

Packaging and Storage  

Appropriate bags, containers, and packaging should be used at all times for proper medical waste segregation and safety. Medical waste must not be stored at a producing facility for longer than 90 days, this includes sharps containers, it is important to note that the storage period begins when the container is first put into use (not when a full container is moved to a storage room).

Medical Waste Disposal Vendors in Michigan

If you are looking for a medical waste disposal vendor in Michigan you will want to make sure they are on Michigan’s EGLE (Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy) list with an EGLE Registration Number. This way you know the company you are working with has registered with the state of Michigan and is being regulated by EGLE.

Shipment Records 

Documentation is required to verify that regulated medical waste is removed from the facility and properly treated and disposed every 90 days and must be made available upon inspection for a minimum of three years.  

Michigan Medical Waste Disposal Service Area

Michigan Medical Waste Disposal. Bio-MED services the entire state of Michigan including the following cities for medical waste disposal.

Michigan About

Michigan averages 30 days of thunderstorm activity per year. These can be severe, especially in the southern part of the state. The state averages 17 tornadoes per year, which are more common in the state’s extreme southern section. Portions of the southern border have been almost as vulnerable historically as states further west and in Tornado Alley. For this reason, many communities in the very southern portions of the state have tornado sirens to warn residents of approaching tornadoes. Farther north, in Central Michigan, Northern Michigan, and the Upper Peninsula, tornadoes are rare.

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Helpful Michigan Resources

Michigan State Capitol
100 N Capitol Ave
Lansing, Michigan 48933
517-373-0184

Michigan Department of Environment
525 West Allegan Street
Lansing, Michigan 48909
517-284-6700

Michigan Department of Transportation
425 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 241-2400

Michigan Interesting Information

Michigan has a continental climate, although there are two distinct regions. The southern and central parts of the Lower Peninsula have a warmer climate with hot summers and cold winters. The northern part of Lower Peninsula and the entire Upper Peninsula has a more severe climate, with warm, but shorter summers and longer, cold to very cold winters. Some parts of the state average high temperatures below freezing from December through February, and into early March in the far northern parts. During the winter through the middle of February, the state is frequently subjected to heavy lake-effect snow. The state averages from 30 to 40 inches of precipitation annually; however, some areas in the northern lower peninsula and the upper peninsula average almost 160 inches of snowfall per year. Michigan’s highest recorded temperature is 112 °F at Mio on July 13, 1936, and the coldest recorded temperature is −51 °F at Vanderbilt on February 9, 1934.

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A Holistic Approach to Medical Waste Management

What truly sets Bio-MED apart is its holistic approach to medical waste management, covering every facet from collection and transportation to treatment and final disposal. This comprehensive system ensures regulatory compliance, safety, and environmental stewardship

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Environmental Stewardship

Demonstrating a commitment to environmental responsibility, Bio-MED employs eco-friendly practices in waste management, including reusable containers, all-electric medical waste transport vehicle, and a medical waste processing plant that reduces waste volume.

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