Source: Stericycle data, 2020
Customer separates waste types based on the guidelines set by Stericycle’s Waste Acceptance Policy and any applicable provincial requirements.
Waste is packaged and labeled based on regulatory guidelines and requirements.
Waste is stored on-site until pickup is scheduled. Storage requirements, including time limitations, vary.
Waste is picked up by a Stericycle Driver and the Customer is provided with a shipping paper for their records.
Waste is transported to a Stericycle facility in accordance with regulatory requirements.
Waste is treated at our incineration or autoclave facility, rendered non-infectious, and disposed of in accordance with federal and provincial regulations.
Waste shipping papers are retained by the Customer and Stericycle for the required period to ensure compliance. Records are also available on MyStericycle.ca.
As an industry leader, Stericycle understands the importance of compliantly managing the collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of various types of waste as required by regulations in your province.
Non-Anatomical waste generated from procedures, including any items saturated with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), such as bandages, gauze, or personal protective equipment (PPE), are considered biomedical waste. They should be disposed of safely in yellow bags, placed in marked containers, and stored for pickup.
Anatomical waste such as human or animal tissues, organs or other body parts, other than teeth, hair or nails; and animal bedding or carcasses, should be packaged separately for pickup in red bags and placed in containers marked for incineration only.
We manage all healthcare regulated waste streams, and offer related compliance support such as training and educational materials. Our network of localized team members across the country maintain a 97% on-time pickup rate.1
Our Regulatory Affairs team under Environmental Health & Safety keeps up to date with regulatory changes and engages with federal, provincial, and local agencies as needed to help keep our customers informed and compliant.
In 2022, Stericycle recycled 1 billion pounds of paper, incinerated 38 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste, and helped our customers divert 101 million pounds of plastic from landfills by using reusable sharps and pharmaceutical waste containers rather than single-use containers.1
1. Source: Stericycle data, 2022.