Biohazardous Waste Removal

Biohazardous waste, also known as medical waste, infectious waste, or red bag waste is a special type of waste commonly generated in the medical industry.  It is strictly regulated and must be disposed of in a particular manner. Fortunately, BWS provides biohazardous waste removal in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

At its most basic level, there are four categories of biohazardous waste:

  • Solid waste- excludes sharp contaminated objects
  • Liquid waste- includes bulk quantities of blood and other bodily fluids
  • Sharps waste- Any contaminated object that can puncture or pierce through the skin
  • Pathological waste- Includes human organs, limbs, and tissue

In addition to how biohazardous waste is categorized, it also comes in a variety of different forms, including:

  • Human or animal specimen cultures.
  • Human surgery specimens or removed tissues.
  • Animal parts, tissues, fluids, or carcasses.
  • Waste containing blood.
  • Waste containing excrement.

This type of waste overlaps with other types, like contaminated sharps.  As seen above, this waste is dangerous and must be disposed of properly.

How Biohazardous Waste Needs to be Handled

Unlike regular trash, disposing of your biohazardous waste isn’t as easy as throwing it in a trashcan and forgetting about it. This type of waste requires special attention. Remember, your waste is your responsibility until it has been destroyed – even after it has left your facilities.  

The first step in disposing of your biohazardous waste is to separate it from non-hazardous waste and designate a special container for it. The type of biohazardous waste will determine the best type of container for it. For example, sharp contaminated objects need to be placed in a puncture-proof, tamper-proof container designated for sharps. Infectious waste needs to be placed in leak-proof red plastic bags that have the international symbol for infectious substances.

Every container should be properly labeled and sealed once all items are placed inside. Learn more about our DoT-approved medical waste containers and sharps products.


After your biohazard waste is contained, you need to deal with where to store the container until it is picked up by a hazardous waste disposal company. All biohazardous waste should be stored in an area that is separate from all non-hazardous waste. This area should:

  • Have an impermeable floor
  • Have easy access to staff and waste-collection vehicles
  • Protect materials from the sun
  • Not be located near sites that deal with food
  • Be well guarded

Hire a Biohazardous Waste Disposal Company

After you’ve separated, labeled, and stored your biohazardous waste, all that’s left to do is hire a biohazardous waste removal company. Because of the dangers and liabilities that come with this kind of waste, it is absolutely necessary to trust a company with a proven track record in waste management.

BWS has a combined 70 years of experience in the biohazardous waste and the expertise to handle your waste properly.  We are a trusted biohazardous waste disposal company serving Maryland, DC, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

If you need biohazardous waste removal services, contact us today or get a FREE quote.

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Our Dedication to Providing the Highest Quality Regulated Waste Services
is Shown in What Our Clients Say About Our Work

We provide an outstanding value and service to our regulated waste customers and pride ourselves on our 100% customer satisfaction with 99% customer retention ratio.

“Our office has been utilizing the services of Biomedical Waste Services, Inc. (BWS) for well over a decade. Their caring, dedicated, and professional team have made it an absolute pleasure to do business with. They are always prompt and courteous in providing whatever service we ask of them. We highly recommend them for your practice!!”

Paul R Miller, D.D.S. and Team

“Our experience with BWS has been uniformly positive. Their services are prompt, professional, and reliable. Their prices are fair and upfront, with no hidden or recurring charges. We highly recommend them as a vendor.”

ZytoGen Patient Services

“My review from 2019: Still using BWS and still think they're great! My review from 2016: We've been doing business with BWS for a few years now, and their service and pricing are great. We previously used a company who provides the same service in our area but overcharged us for years. I would definitely recommend BWS to anyone in the market for waste disposal at a great price with excellent service.”

“I have fantastic very dependable experience using BWS. I have used them weekly for the last 17 years in my dental practice. There always on the day that they're supposed to be, there's never been an issue with any of the invoices.”

Akbar Masood, D.D.S.

“BWS has been handling our biohazardous waste disposal for three years. They have always been helpful and dependable. I recommend them to all who need biohazardous waste disposal services.”

Chris Donaldson

“Been working with BWS for 10+ years. Fantastic service, always on time and polite.”

Dharani Jasthi

“Prompt, professional, and awesome business. We have worked with them for years and couldn't be happier.”

Tomicka Jackson-George, D.M.D.

“I've used BWS for several years now. Their service is great and their fees are very reasonable, making BWS a great value in hazardous waste removal.”

Louis Sachs, D.D.S.

“Professional and always on time! Great service!”

Kate Blair English

“Great option for healthcare waste management. BWS is an independent owned professional organization that is built on integrity and trust. There is no other company in the region that I'd recommend more. Most others say the right things the folks at BWS do the right thing. I'll continue to recommend them.”

Dave Ryan

We are a medical practice in a new location and needed hazardous waste removal services. We have been so pleased with the level of service and professionalism on both the admin and field work end of BWS services, and their pricing is fair and flexible. We would highly recommend them to any medical practice in need of these services.

Kerry Owens, Avalon Plastic Surgery

Every staff member that I have interacted with has been very friendly. They are quick to respond to emails and do a great job.

Jamie Fleming, National Spine & Pain Centers

Excellent company. Received notification that I was on schedule, showed up as promised, and very professional service from office to driver. Excellent service!!!

Keith Roberts, Biomatrix Specialty Pharmacy

Great service! They are always responsive and ready to help. 100% recommended.

Mireia Pedragosa Marin, Synergy Research

They were responsive and quickly start services. They were also great at answering all my questions and updating on when services would start.

Rebecca Crouse, Randolph Macon Academy

We used BWS for sharps disposal at a doctor's office. I saw their bright truck in the parking lot at work which lead me to call for a quote. They responded to my inquiry quickly and thoroughly, answering all my questions. They gave me pricing that was very reasonable, and lower than many companies I checked. They were a pleasure to communicate with via phone and email, no phone tag! The truck arrived the day and time we planned. The driver was very personable and easy to communicate with. The people I interacted with seem to understand the value of customer service. I would highly recommend them. They will take care of you.

Melissa C, Patriot Chiropractic

Excellent, professional service and very reasonable price on medical waste removal. Danielle was fantastic to work with - thanks Danielle!

Dr. Rosario Ignacio

Reliable and affordable

Dr. Thomas Lutz, Odenton Family Dentistry

I've used BWS for several years now. Their service is great and their fees are very reasonable, making BWS a great value in hazardous waste removal. Over the 20+ years that I have used them the scope of their services has increased as well as making documentation of their service easier to use!

Dr. Louis Sachs, DDS

I ran a dental charity for many years, organizing huge clinics to treat those in need. BWS donated their waste disposal services for every clinic for many years, and they continue to do so to this day. This is always a huge job, and they are always reliable, dedicated, and fun to work with. They know what it means to give back.

Eric B.

Great service & professional reps

Brenda Shah