Stay safe around infectious waste.
We work to keep you and the environment safe from infectious waste. Contact with these materials can cause disease or injury. If you find infectious waste—most likely in the form of needles or syringes—we have instructions below on what you should do to safely dispose of it.
We make sure businesses that work with infectious waste have the proper permits and dispose of it safely. Infectious waste from medical offices and clinics includes:
- Sharps (needles with syringes, scalpel blades, glass slides).
- Cultures and stocks of infectious agents (blood specimen tubes, culture plates).
- Blood, blood saturated gauze or bandages.
- Pathological waste.
What do we do?
- Develop regulations for safe management of waste in Pierce County.
- We inspect businesses that generate infectious waste.
- Our staff works with businesses to keep the public and environment safe.
What must businesses do?
Businesses that create, transport or dispose infectious waste must get a permit. To get a permit, your business must apply and pass an inspection.
- Review the Guidelines on Infectious Waste Disposal in Pierce County.
- Complete and submit an Infectious Waste Management Application.
- Complete and submit an Infectious Waste Management Plan, Policy, and Procedures.
- Pay the annual permit fee.
After we receive your application and payment, we will schedule an inspection of your business.
How do I dispose needles and syringes?
See our brochures in the language you want. Contact us if you need this information in another format.
What are the regulations?
- Environmental Health Code, Chapter 6—Local infectious waste regulations.
- Environmental Health Code, Chapter 1—General provisions, including appeals process of orders and decisions of the Health Officer.
Contact Infectious Waste at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Troy Rowan at (253) 798-6429 for more information.