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The Medical Waste Program ensures health and safety
protection for members of the public and health care facility personnel by
minimizing or eliminating exposure to biohazardous wastes containing pathogenic
organisms and sharps. This is accomplished through the implementation and
enforcement of medical waste regulations as they apply to handling, storage,
treatment, and disposal of biohazardous waste within Sacramento County.
Specifically, EMD is responsible for implementing the Medical
Waste Management Act (MWMA), Health and Safety Code 117600-118360. The MWMA
regulates the generation, handling, storage, treatment and disposal of medical
The Medical Waste Management Program is mandated to enforce State codes, and
such regulations as may be adopted, pertaining to the management of regulated
medical waste. To protect public health and the environment from potential
infectious exposure to disease causing agents, Sacramento County EMD permits and
inspects businesses generating medical waste.
For information on whether your business requires a
permit as a medical waste generator,
please contact (916) 875-8440 and ask to speak to
a medical waste specialist.
Additional information can also be found on the Medical Waste
News and Information
Registration of SQGs: Effective July, 2021, small quantity generators of medical waste, who generate less than 200lbs total of medical waste each month, are required by County Ordinance to register with the County of Sacramento Environmental Management Department. The Small Quantity Medical Waste Registration is valid for 2 years. For information on whether your business requires a small quantity generator registration contact medical waste program specialist at (916) 875-8440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Generated Medical Waste: As of September 1, 2008,
Senate Bill 1305 has prohibited the disposal of home generated sharps into any
container used for private or commercial collection of solid waste, recyclable
materials, or greenwaste. Sharps are now required to be placed in an approved
sharps container and managed through a waste management facility, an approved
home sharps collection site, or by using an approved mail back system. Below are links to home-generated medical waste disposal options in Sacramento County.
Disposal of Household Sharps Waste
Waste Disposal By Jurisdiction
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Medical Waste Program
Ebola: The California Department of Public Health has
released a guidance document for handling, packaging, labeling, and treatment of
Ebola medical waste.
Ebola Waste Management Document
For more program information, please contact:
Sacramento County Environmental Management
Environmental Health Division
11080 White Rock Rd., Suite 200
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670