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Waste Management

Medical Waste Transportation, Treatment and Disposal

LBNL subcontracts with Stericycle to transport, treat and dispose of all medical waste generated on and offsite. Only Stericycle is licensed to transport medical waste offsite. LBNL employees must not transfer medical waste from offsite locations such as Donner and Calvin.

In addition to transporting the waste, Stericycle treats and disposes of the medical waste at offsite facilities. The biohazardous waste that is collected in the gray containers is autoclaved and the pathological waste that is collected in the red containers is incinerated. After treatment, the waste is landfilled.

Medical waste is autoclaved in some laboratories before it is put into the pickup containers. This is done as a safety precaution not as a treatment measure. Medical waste must be treated by a licensed treatment facility before it is legally considered noninfectious. LBNL does not have a license to treat medical waste. Therefore, all medical waste that is autoclaved onsite must still be disposed of through Stericycle.

Medical Waste Pickup Locations

Medical waste is picked up by Stericycle at the following LBNL building locations. Each pickup site has a contact. You must have the approval of the pickup site contact before using their medical waste containers to deposit your waste.

On-site Medical Waste Pickup Locations:

Location

Pickup Site Contact

Ext.

6
Mary Gilles
2775
10
Donna Hamamoto
5527

26

Charlotte Bochra

4268

55

Michelle Huesman

4166

64

Ken Wan

4456

66
Catherine Klapperich
6640

70A

Stacy Gauny

5106

74

Randy DeGuzman

6758

80
Rosanne Boudreau
7076

Offsite Medical Waste Pickup Locations:

Location

Contact

Ext.

Donner Lab

To be determined

Calvin Lab

Vangie Peterson

4348

Pickup Site Contacts have special responsibilities including:

  1. Working with the Medical Waste Program Coordinator to resolve any problems with the management of Medical Waste in their respective areas.

Medical Waste Pickup Schedule

Stericycle picks up medical waste every Wednesday morning for offsite treatment and disposal. All biohazardous waste, pathological waste, and full sharps containers must be brought to a medical waste pickup site on Wednesday morning before the scheduled pickup and placed in a pickup container. It is necessary to remove the biohazardous waste, pathological waste and full sharps containers from your laboratory every week at this scheduled time to comply with the California Medical Waste Management Act which prohibits the accumulation of medical waste onsite for more than seven days above 32F.

Usually you can wait to dispose of a sharps container until it is 2/3 full however, if you place blood vials containing fluid blood in a sharps container, then the sharps container must be disposed of within seven days, whether or not the sharps container is full.