Biomedical Waste Disposal

Stericycle specializes in the compliant collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of all wastes that may be described as biomedical waste and other potentially infectious materials for facilities of all sizes.

Partner with the Industry Leader in Biomedical Waste Disposal

Expertise You Can Trust

With over 30 years of experience, we continue to serve facilities of all sizes, and specialize in the compliant collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of medical waste.

Easy, Online Account Management

Our Biomedical Waste Disposal service provides 24/7 access to our Customer Portal where you can easily manage your pickup schedule and make payments.

Flexible Scheduling and Tracking Infrastructure to Give You Peace of Mind

Our operations with 98% on time service1 are designed to deliver convenience, with minimal intrusion into your busy schedule. With more than 460 locations and 6,000+ Stericycle trucks, we can meet your business needs no matter where you are.

Source: Stericycle data, 2020

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The Biomedical Waste Lifecycle

We partner with you through the biomedical waste lifecycle to ensure that the waste is packaged, transported, and treated in accordance with all applicable regulations.

Generator’s Responsibility

1. Segregation

Customer separates waste types based on the guidelines set by Stericycle’s Waste Acceptance Policy and any applicable provincial requirements.

2. Packaging & Labelling

Waste is packaged and labeled based on regulatory guidelines and requirements.

3. Storage

Waste is stored on-site until pickup is scheduled. Storage requirements, including time limitations, vary.

Stericycle’s Responsibility

4. Pickup & Documentation

Waste is picked up by a Stericycle Driver and the Customer is provided with a shipping paper for their records.

5. Transportation

Waste is transported to a Stericycle facility in accordance with regulatory requirements.

6. Treatment & Disposal

Waste is treated at our incineration or autoclave facility, rendered non-infectious, and disposed of in accordance with federal and provincial regulations.

7. Records Retention

Waste shipping papers are retained by the Customer and Stericycle for the required period to ensure compliance. Records are also available on

Disposal Services for Different Types of Medical Waste

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

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

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.

Cytotoxic Waste

Cytotoxic waste is medical waste that has come into contact with cytotoxic agents used in chemotherapy, including empty chemo drug vials, syringes and needles, spill kits, IV tubing and bags, contaminated gloves and gowns, and materials from spill cleanups. This waste should be properly segregated, packaged in red bags, and labeled for safe pickup and disposal.

Sharps Waste

Sharps waste such as needles, scalpels, blades, and pipettes that have come in contact with blood, body fluids, or microorganisms should be disposed of in a designated sharps container to reduce needlestick injuries and keep employees safe. These containers should then be placed in your biomedical waste containers for safe and convenient pickup and disposal.

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Why Stericycle?

Your Single Nationwide Partners

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

Your Risk Reduction Experts

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.

Your Sustainability Champion

In 2023, Stericycle recycled 906 million pounds of paper, incinerated 55 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, 2023.