Medical Waste as defined by the Medical Waste Management Act
(a) “Medical Waste” means waste which meets both of the following requirements:
(1) The waste is composed of waste which is generated or produced as a result of any of the following actions:
(A) Diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals.
(B) Research pertaining to the activities specified in subparagraph (A).
(C) The production or testing of biologicals.
(D) The accumulation of properly contained home-generated sharps waste that is brought by a patient, a member of the patient’s family, or by a person authorized by the enforcement agency, to a point of consolidation approved by the enforcement agency pursuant to Section 117904 or authorized pursuant to Section 118147.
(E) Removal of a regulated waste, as defined in Section 5193 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, from a trauma scene by a trauma scene waste management practitioner.
(2) The waste is either of the following:
(A) Biohazardous waste.
(B) Sharps waste.
(b) For purposes of this section, “biologicals” means medicinal preparations made from living organisms and their products, including, but not limited to, serums, vaccines, antigens, and anti-toxins.
(c) Medical waste includes trauma scene waste.
Medical Waste Hauler
Untreated Commercial Medical Waste must be picked up from the generator’s facility by a registered medical waste hauler who transports the untreated waste to an approved medical waste treatment facility. The State of California Health Human Services Agency, Department of Public Health maintains a list of registered medical waste haulers and service providers which can be found at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CEH/DRSEM/Pages/EMB/MedicalWaste/Transporters.aspx
Alternative Treatment Facilities
For a listing of medical waste treatment facilities for your untreated medical waste, please refer to https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CEH/DRSEM/CDPH%20Document%20Library/EMB/MedicalWaste/Alt%20Tech%20List%20%20050219.pdf
Riverside County Landfills
Only treated medical waste is accepted at the Riverside County landfills. The medical waste must be treated with an approved method in compliance with Federal, State and Local laws, and the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources’ Medical Waste Acceptance Policy. The Medical Waste Acceptance Profile Package (Medical Waste Acceptance Profile sheet, Medical Waste Acceptance Policy Requirements Certification Form, and applicable sections of Riverside County Ordinance 779) is required to be completed by:
- All large quantity medical waste generators wishing to gain or maintain landfill privileges in Riverside County.
- All large quantity medical waste generator facilities, regardless of location, that have their waste transferred to a solid waste transfer station that delivers the waste for final burial in Riverside County.
A copy of the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources’ Medical Waste Acceptance Policy can be obtained by calling (951) 486-3200.
Locations & hours
Fee schedule: Routine refuse disposal rates apply