Biomedical waste is waste such as sharps, blood and cultures that can potentially
cause infection. Improper disposal of biomedical waste can
lead to the transmission of infectious agents. Due to the
risks that these wastes present, these wastes are regulated under
County Code Chapter 24.06.
The requirements for Biomedical Waste
Generators are summarized in the Biomedical
Waste Generator brochure. This brochure can be accessed on-line,
or obtained by contacting the Whatcom County Health Department.
The Health Department is also available to assist generators with
the requirements. The Health Department can be reached by phone
at (360) 676-6724.
Biomedical waste generated
from self-treatment, and disposed of with residential wastes from
a single-family residence or single-family dwelling unit, is exempt
from the requirements of Chapter 24.06. When properly packaged
and labeled, Whatcom County Solid Waste Rules currently allow the
disposal of residential sharps into household garbage cans. Click on the recommendations
for disposal of needles/syringes (residential sharps) link, or obtain a brochure
from the Health Department.
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