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Business Waste: Biomedical Waste
Proper Disposal: Biomedical wastes, including sharps, needles, or syringes are not accepted at any of the household hazardous waste collection facilities. Dispose of these wastes through a biomedical waste disposal company. Go to the See Also... Vendor section below for a list of vendors.

Flowable Blood and Other Body Fluids in flowable form can be discharged to the sanitary sewer. Bloody Wastes like gloves and paper that have come in contact with blood or body fluids but aren't saturated are not considered biomedical waste. Bag these in plastic, securely close the bag and put them in the garbage.

Blood or Body Fluid-saturated Wastes: Items saturated with blood or body fluids must be handled by a biomedical waste disposal company. Blood-saturated items are those in which the blood is not dried or fully absorbed, but has the potential to drip.

Sharps: Put hypodermic needles, syringes with needles attached, lancets, dental scalers, and scalpel blades in a sharps container and dispose of them through a biomedical waste disposal company. Go to the See Also... Vendor section below for a list of vendors.

Treated biomedical waste (e.g. autoclaved waste) may be put in the garbage with approval from Public Health - Seattle & King County's Waste Characterization Program at 206-263-8528 or e-mail at For general information on biomedical waste call the medical waste coordinator at Public Health- Seattle & King County at 206-263-9566.
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Potential Hazards: Biomedical wastes have the potential to spread infection and are regulated differently than hazardous waste. Never put pharmaceuticals, amalgam, or other hazardous waste in the biomedical waste container.
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Last Modified: 05/24/2016

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