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Wisconsin Medical Waste Disposal. In Wisconsin medical waste is known as Infectious Waste. Infectious waste – also known as biohazardous, red bag or regulated medical waste – must be segregated from other waste types and disinfected before it is disposed of. According to the Wisconsin DNR, there is minimal difference between infectious waste and medical waste. Basically, infectious waste is waste that can pass on infectious diseases to people or animals, such as sharps (including hypodermic needles, syringes, and lancets), blood or human tissue. Medical waste is infectious waste plus any non-infectious waste that may be mixed with them.

Wisconsin Infectious Waste – For your convenience we have included quick links below for Wisconsin Infectious Medical Waste regulations and reference materials. For the latest rules and regulations contact Bio-MED or visit https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/HealthWaste/Infectious.html

Forms, Information and Examples

  • Infectious Waste Annual ReportReport
  • Medical Waste Reduction and the Annual Report – Report

Small Quantity Generators

  • Small Amount Generators: Businesses generating less than 50 pounds of infectious waste per month, including schools, healthcare providers, and livestock owners.
  • Safety and Management: All generators must follow basic safety requirements like source separation, containment, storage, transportation, treatment, disposal, and recordkeeping.
  • Source Separation: Segregate infectious waste at the point of generation to facilitate recycling and reduce disposal costs.
  • Infectious Waste Types: Includes contaminated sharps, unused medical instruments, human blood, body fluids, human tissue, and certain animal wastes.
  • Non-Infectious Waste: Items like blood-spotted bandages, sanitary napkins, gloves, and non-blood-soaked materials are usually not considered infectious waste.
  • Containment and Disposal: Sharps in puncture-resistant containers; non-sharp infectious waste in tear-resistant bags; avoid mixing hazardous materials with infectious waste.
  • Storage Guidelines: Store infectious waste securely, preventing access by unauthorized persons, pests, and animals; mark storage areas with biohazard signs. Infectious waste containers may be stored up to 90 days after they are full or after you decide to discard them.
  • Treatment and Transport: Infectious waste must be treated at licensed facilities or properly contained for transport; sharps collection stations are available for small generators.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Maintain records for all treated and transported waste; follow state-specific waste management rules.
  • Cost Reduction Tips: Adjust waste pickup schedules to minimize costs; Reserve waste If you have slightly over the 50 lb. limit one month (e.g., in the fall when you give influenza vaccinations) and have not stored a waste container for 90 days yet, you may reserve it for the next pickup.

Wisconsin Medical Waste Continued

According to Wisconsin’s statues, s. 287.07(7)(c)1.c Infectious waste means solid waste that contains pathogens with sufficient virulence and in sufficient quantity that exposure of a susceptible human or animal to the solid waste could cause the human or animal to contract an infectious disease.

And statue s. 299.51(1)(b) defines medical waste. Medical waste means infectious waste, as defined above, and other waste that contains or may be mixed with infectious waste.

Medical waste does not mean all of the waste produced in a healthcare setting. Non-infectious materials from a healthcare facility are considered to be “medical waste” only if the generator mixes them with infectious waste or manages them as though they are infectious waste. Any other waste materials from a healthcare facility are not considered “medical waste” under Wisconsin law. If possible, these non-infectious items should be reused or recycled.

Wisconsin Medical Waste Disposal

In Wisconsin the Following Items are Presumed to be Infectious Waste

Sharps, including unused or disinfected sharps that are being discarded, such as hypodermic needles, syringes with needles, scalpel blades, lancets, broken glass or rigid plastic vials and laboratory slides.

Bulk blood or body fluids, including pourable or drip able amounts of blood or body fluids or items saturated with blood or body fluids.

Microbiological laboratory waste, such as cultures derived from clinical specimens and discarded laboratory equipment that has contacted cultures.

Human tissue, including teeth but not hair or nails.

Tissue, bulk blood, or body fluids from an animal carrying a zoonotic infectious agent such as rabies, anthrax, or tuberculosis.

In Wisconsin the Following Items are Presumed Not to be Infectious Waste

Items soiled or spotted, but not saturated, with human blood or body fluids, such as gloves, gowns, dressings, bandages, surgical drapes, and feminine hygiene products.

Items containing non-infectious body fluids, such as diapers.

Containers, packaging, waste glass, laboratory equipment or other materials that have had no contact with blood, body fluids, clinical cultures, or infectious agents.

Animal manure and bedding.

Tissue, blood, or body fluids from animals not known to be carrying a zoonotic infectious agent.

Teeth that individuals take home from the dentist. Get more information on dental waste.

Wisconsin About

Wisconsin is a state in the upper Midwestern United States. Wisconsin is the 25th-largest state by total area and the 20th-most populous. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north.

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Helpful Wisconsin Resources

Department of Natural Resources
101 S Webster St
Madison, WI 53707

Wisconsin DOT
6150 W Fond Du Lac Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53218
(414) 438-4583

Department of Health
1 W Wilson St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 266-1865

Wisconsin Interesting Information

The bulk of Wisconsin’s population live in areas situated along the shores of Lake Michigan. The largest city, Milwaukee, anchors its largest metropolitan area, followed by Green Bay and Kenosha, the third- and fourth-most populated Wisconsin cities, respectively. The state capital, Madison, is currently the second-most populated and fastest growing city in the state. Wisconsin is divided into 72 counties and has a population of nearly 5.9 million.

Wisconsin Medical Waste Disposal Service Area

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

Beaver Dam
De Pere
Eau Claire
Fond du Lac
Fort Atkinson
Green Bay

La Crosse
Lake Geneva
Menomonee Falls
Mount Pleasant
New Berlin

Oak Creek
Pleasant Prairie
River Falls
South Milwaukee
Stevens Point
Sun Prairie
West Allis
West Bend
Wisconsin Rapids

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