Texas Medical Waste Disposal

Sharps Medical Waste Services is a permitted medical waste transporter for the state of Texas. Sharps also is the largest provider of mailback systems approved by the United States Postal Service. In addition, Sharps owns its own treatment facility right here in Texas. We manage medical waste disposal for small (SQGs) to mid-size (MQGs) quantity generators throughout Texas including the major metro areas of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio. Our cost-effective services include transportation, treatment, disposal, tracking, and reporting of medical waste, which can also be called infectious waste, biohazardous waste, biomedical waste, or special waste from a healthcare-related facility.

Areas We Service

Dallas/Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Irving, Houston, Sugar Land, Woodlands, Rosenburg, Humble, Kingwood, Baytown, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Austin, Round Rock, San Marcos, College Station, Bryan, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Waco, Texarkana, Victoria, Tyler, Sherman, Denison, Killeen, Temple, Fort Hood, Longview

Texas Medical Waste Disposal Regulations

The regulations covering the storage, handling, collection, transport, treatment, and disposal of medical waste and other special waste for Texas health care–related facilities are outlined in Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Chapter 326, §326.3(23)1 and explained further in 25 TAC, Part 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter K, §1.1322. Medical waste in the state of Texas is defined as1, 2:

  • Waste from animals that have been intentionally exposed to pathogens
  • Bulk blood, bulk human-blood products, and bulk human body fluids
    • Body fluids--Fee-flowing body substances other than blood, plasma, or serum including semen, vaginal secretions, body fluid containing visible blood, saliva in dental settings, amniotic fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, peritoneal fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, and synovial fluid [25 TAC 1.132(6)]
    • Bulk: A containerized aggregate volume of 100 mL (3.38 oz.) or more [25 TAC 1.132(7)]
  • Microbiological waste
  • Pathological waste
  • Sharps

For comprehensive regulations covering medical waste disposal for Texas health care-related facilities, please click here.

Medical Waste Generator Responsibilities for Texas Health Care–Related Facilities

Generators are responsible for the packaging and labeling before handoff to the medical waste pickup service transporter (or USPS/UPS transporter in the case of mailback). Additionally, generators must maintain the waste shipping paper (tracking form/manifest) for three years and make it available to the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) for inspection upon request.3

Sharps Medical Waste Services provides:

  • Packaging (pickup or mailback) that meets TCEQ, Department of Transportation (DOT), and United States Postal Service (USPS) standards as applicable for medical waste transport
  • Proper labeling to ensure compliance with applicable regulations
  • Training; including instructions for use, posters, and videos

Medical Waste Management Company Responsibilities

Medical waste management companies are responsible for the proper transport, treatment, disposal, tracking, and reporting of medical waste. They are also required to provide a completed copy of the shipping paper (tracking form/manifest) to the generator within 45 days of shipment. Sharps Medical Waste Services uses our online system, SharpsTracer, for reporting and providing password-protected access to customers' shipping papers. Downloadable copies of these papers are accessible to Sharps’ customers 24/7, and stored for five years online at no additional charge to the customer.

Choose Sharps Medical Waste Services for Managing Your Medical Waste

When selecting a Texas medical waste management company, it is important to understand the Texas regulations for managing medical waste from cradle to grave. Sharps Medical Waste Services is a leader in the industry with more than twenty years’ experience managing medical waste for generators nationwide. We offer a cost-effective service with no hidden fees or surcharges that many haulers bury in invoices. Sharps provides everything necessary to package, label, and track your waste, at no extra charge, to ensure it is managed following all applicable regulations.

1. RULE §326.3 - Definitions
2. 25 TAC §1.132 – Definitions
3. Managing and Disposing of Medical Waste

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