Biohazardous Waste Management
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations and university policy establishes the standards pertaining to regulated medical waste management at Virginia Commonwealth University. Material that goes directly to the landfill may not contain pathogens and first must be decontaminated. The DEQ allows for onsite treatment of RMW through autoclave sterilization. If DEQ autoclave procedural requirements are followed, properly treated materials are no longer classified as RMW and may be disposed of as unregulated solid waste. If autoclaving is not utilized then users must follow the RMW procedures outlined below.
Regulated Medical Waste Box Preparation Guide
Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) must be placed in a red biohazard bag, tied or sealed, and then placed in a United States Department of Transportation approved UN-rated corrugated box, supplied by the vendor. The driver will refuse any boxes that are not properly packaged. Due to insurance regulations, vendor drivers are not permitted to prepare or package waste for transport.
Please Note: All other containers will be handled on a case-by-case basis and require pre-approval from the vendor (Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services) prior to being scheduled for pickup. Please call the Curtis Bay customer service team for more information.
Please adhere to the following guidelines to complete environmentally safe waste disposal:
- Ensure the regulated medical waste is packaged separately from any chemical, chemotherapeutic and pathological waste.
- It is very important that the waste type is indicated on the outside of the box. If assistance is required in determining waste type, please contact Curtis Bay.
- Segregate hazardous waste (chemical waste) from medical waste, as this cannot be combined or transported with infectious or chemotherapeutic waste.
Regulated Medical Waste Pickup
VCU currently has twelve locations throughout both the MCV and MPC campuses that receive routine pickups of regulated medical waste. These locations are visited regularly based on the volume of waste created in these spaces. Speak to your building manager to determine pickup locations in your building.
Eugene P. and Lois E. Trani Center for Life Sciences (1000 W. Cary St.). Pick up is on Wednesday
Engineering East Hall (401 W. Main St). Pick up is on Wednesday
Engineering West Hall (601 W. Main St) Pick up is on Friday
Engineering Research Building (401 W. Main St). Pick up is on Wednesday
For buildings that do not receive routine pickups, labs may schedule a pickup through Facilities Self Service (FSS) under the problem type "Custodial"; this is also how additional boxes or red bags can be requested.
RMW Autoclaving Procedures
The DEQ allows for onsite treatment of Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) through autoclave sterilization. If DEQ autoclave procedural requirements are followed, properly treated materials are no longer classified as RMW and may be disposed of as unregulated solid waste. The DEQ regulations (and university requirements) for onsite treatment of RMW are summarized in the following PDF: