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Alternative uses for processed Regulated Medical Waste

Posted: Jan 7, 2016

The article below was published on the Practice Green Health website and shows one company's innovative approach to creating alternative uses for Regulated Medical Waste (RMW).  Red Bag Solutions SSM machine sterilizes and macerates (grinds) RMW allowing for the processed end product to be recycled or  used for fuel to energy purposes if desired.  The take away is that there are financially prudent and environmentally responsible alternatives to disposing of RMW in a landfill.   Diverting and repurposing waste will become increasingly important as the landfills fill up.    

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A Closer Look at your Regulated Medical Waste Disposal Invoice Might Contain Surprises

Posted: Jan 6, 2016

The President of an independent hospital consulting organization specializing in cost containment and sustainability recently alerted me about the practices of some RMW haulers and how their pricing isn't as straightforward as they would have their clients believe. In fact, this consultant’s experience leads him to say that their pricing can be up to 50% higher than the price per pound quoted in their contract language. Waste haulers generate the additional revenue by adding all kinds of ancillary charges to the invoice.

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Reducing Toxic Substances in Healthcare is a Worthwhile Goal

Posted: Dec 30, 2015

Reprocessing and reduction of waste are complimentary approaches to the handling of regulated medical waste. Once a device has reached the end of its useful life it can be processed in an environmentally friendly and responsible way.

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Red Bag Solutions - A Partner in Your Sustainability Initiatives

Posted: Nov 12, 2015

Reprocessing and reduction of waste are complimentary approaches to the handling of regulated medical waste. Once a device has reached the end of its useful life it can be processed in an environmentally friendly and responsible way.

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Healthcare Purchasing News: Managing RMW onsite

Posted: Nov 11, 2015

More hospitals are also moving away from incineration and haul and dump services in lieu of healthier, more sustainable options. One way is to process and dispose of medical waste onsite using newer, cleaner technologies that do the job efficiently, economically, and with less harm to the environment.

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Stericycle Announces Settlement to End 7-Year Qui Tam Suit

Posted: Nov 4, 2015

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Oct. 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stericycle, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRCL) announced today that it has entered into a settlement agreement for a qui tam lawsuit that has been ongoing since 2008.

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A.G. Schneiderman Announces $2.4 Million Settlement With Stericycle For Overcharging NY State And Local Entities

Posted: Nov 4, 2015

NEW YORK - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today a $2.4 million settlement with one of the nation's largest medical waste disposal companies, Stericycle, Inc., for improperly overcharging nearly 1,000 New York government entities, including police and fire departments, rescue squads, schools, jails, and hospitals all over the state. Since 2003, Stericycle implemented a plan to charge automated price increases (APIs) without giving any notice to these customers and in violation of the contract terms.

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Don Millard Featured on Paul Reporting Interview Concerning Ebola

Posted: Nov 11, 2014

It's been all over the news: healthcare workers in West Africa getting infected with the Ebola virus after handling dead bodies or infected medical waste. But with a few cases now in the US, are hospitals ready to handle waste without risking cross-contamination? I probe one expert (Don Millard) to get the answer.

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Toxic mess: Agencies at odds over Ebola-waste disposal

Posted: Oct 19, 2014

While the Obama administration and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) try to reassure the public that all U.S. hospitals are capable of treating Ebola patients, the question of what to do with Ebola-contaminated hospital waste appears to be caught up in bureaucratic and regulatory finger-pointing.

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Ebola, other Pandemics Present Waste Disposal Challenges for Hospitals

Posted: Oct 2, 2014

In the event of an outbreak of Ebola or other pandemics, the increase in volume of highly contagious bio-medical waste could present some challenges for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Today the majority of healthcare facilities use haulers to transport and treat regulated medical waste off-site. There is no assurance, however, that this method is 100% safe for potential pandemic situations nor would this practice be perceived positively when communities realize that trucks are transporting such material near their homes, schools, or businesses.

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