Our Story

How BWS was born

 
 

Before the Medical Waste Tracking Act (MWTA) was enacted in the 1980’s, which shaped EPA medical waste regulations as we know it, BWS founder and President Ray Krell was cleaning and managing waste at local doctors’ offices and hospitals in the Baltimore area. After various incidents where he and his employees were exposed to dangerous and harmful materials on the job, Ray knew he needed to take measure not only to improve his own safety, but also the safety of the customers he served. In his garage in the early 1970s, Ray collected containers like coffee cans to provide to his customers a safe receptacle to dispose needles and other sharps. As medical waste started to wash up on the beaches of New York, New Jersey and other east coast shore areas, regulations were put in place to protect people and the environment.

That’s how BWS was born.

BWS was formed after Ray recognized the need to develop safer medical waste management strategies for customers, the community, and our environment. He began by offering medical waste pick up, disposal, and specialized treatment services to doctors, dentists, and medical facilities all over the Mid-Atlantic region. As EPA regulations developed and evolved, they helped to educate his clients on new rules and implement safer, compliant practices.

 

Over the years, Ray has partnered with family members to hold true to his values of keeping a business truly family-owned and operated. Currently, Ray and his cousin Kevin Miller are owners of BWS and continue to grow the business. In 2011, Trey Krell, son of Ray, joined the team following his college graduation. In 2014, Carly Campbell, daughter of Kevin, joined the team. The business has evolved from just hauling medical waste, to processing the medical waste in-house, offering a complete “cradle-to-grave” disposal solution for the many customers around the region.

At BWS, we see value in the long lineage of inherited knowledge passed down through generations of work while partnering with regulatory agencies to be at the forefront in shaping future promulgation that improves safety for our customers, our employees, and our communities.

Our Mission

To be the first choice of healthcare and commercial businesses looking for a quality, reliable partner in medical waste management.

Our history at a glance

1975

Ray Krell, President, starts BWS out of his home garage

1975
1992

BWS becomes incorporated in the State of Maryland and expands its service coverage across the Mid-Atlantic

1992
2004

BWS breaks ground on first 5,000 square foot building in Baltimore, MD to facilitate future operations expansion

2004
2017

BWS installs industry-leading autoclave equipment to begin treating and transferring regulated waste

2017
1991
1991

BWS leases first warehouse in Brooklyn, MD to operate its business

1998
1998

BWS outgrows Brooklyn facility capacity and relocates to larger operations in Hanover, MD

 

2008
2008

Baltimore, MD operations building expands by an additional 5,000 square feet to begin in-house waste processing capabilities

2020
2020

BWS announces installation of automatic medical waste container conveyer washer line for new services launching soon!

Our Purpose

 

To evolve the standards in the waste industry and continually make a positive impact on our environment; by working with people and partners that are committed to building a long legacy based on experience, knowledge and commitment to superior service.

We're the industry leader in experience, value, and efficiency.

60M+
Pounds of RMW Properly Treated and Disposed
40+
Years of Regulated Waste Industry Experience
10K+
Healthcare Professionals and Practices Served
6M
Pounds of Documents and Records Shredded
12M+
LBS Waste Recycled into Renewable Energy
3M+
LBS of Corrugated Medical Waste Boxes Recycled Domestically

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