Our zero emissions technology reduces the volume of medical waste by 90%. It kills virus, bacteria and infectious pathogens 100x’s more effectively than traditional steam autoclaves which is the treatment method for the majority of medical waste including COVID-19. Our information center is here to guide you through waste disposal for the Corona virus (COVID-19).
Please see our updated driver change in procedure for manifests.
Colorado Medical Waste is asking our customers to notify us in advance of any pickup that may contain the Coronavirus. We kindly ask that you place a label on those containers reading “COVID-19". This labeling will provide increased cautionary measures for our drivers and plant workers.
Colorado Medical Waste relies on government and health authorities for any new information, updates or special handling and disposal regulations. We will keep you apprised of any changes as they are received. Thank you.
CDC - Waste Management QA’s
A: Waste generated in the care of PUIs or patients with confirmed COVID-19 does not present additional considerations for wastewater disinfection in the United States. Coronaviruses are susceptible to the same disinfection conditions in community and healthcare settings as other viruses, so current disinfection conditions in wastewater treatment facilities are expected to be sufficient. This includes conditions for practices such as oxidation with hypochlorite (i.e., chlorine bleach) and peracetic acid, as well as inactivation using UV irradiation.
A: Medical waste coming from healthcare facilities treating COVID-2019 patients is no different than waste coming from facilities without COVID-19 patients. CDC’s guidance states that management of laundry, food service utensils, and medical waste should be performed in accordance with routine procedures. There is no evidence to suggest that a facility waste needs any additional disinfection.
CDC Prevention Recommendations
- The CDC has recommended some everyday actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including Coronavirus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (especially after going to the bathroom), before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick
- Click here for guidance from The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Guidance
- Center for Disease Control Guidance
- What COVID-19 symptoms look like day by day
- The Healthcare Waste Institute (HWI) developed this FAQ to provide information about the evolving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed COVID-19 or Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings.
- CDC Infection Control Environmental Infection Control Guidance
- OSHA 2019 Novel Coronavirus websiteexternal icon
- Detailed information on environmental infection control in healthcare settings can be found in CDC’s Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities