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RMW Disposal Cost

The True Cost of Regulated Medical Waste Disposal

Small-to-medium medical waste generators, such as physician networks and clinics, dental offices, long-term care facilities, veterinary clinics and more, have much to deal with in terms of regulated medical waste disposal.

Physical Cost

Depending on the amount of waste generated and the frequency of pickup, a haul-away service for regulated medical waste can be a big expense. Before the waste is collected it must be stored in expensive containers, which often occupy valuable facility space.

$1,000-9,000 per month

The potential cost of using a haul-away service for regulated medical waste

119% higher

The cost of medical waste disposal vs. regular trash

Cradle-to-Grave Liability

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), medical waste generators are responsible for the medical waste they create until it’s neutralized. In other words, if your regulated medical waste disposal company commits an infraction, your company will also be liable ⎯ for any injuries, damages, cleanup costs and fines. With multiple federal and state regulations in play, these fines could add up to millions of dollars.


per day, per violation

RCRA fines for medical waste violations

$5,000 to $70,000

per day, per violation

OSHA fines for medical waste violations