If you or someone you know has been punctured by a medical sharp (needle, syringe, scalpel) or broken glass that you suspect is contaminated, please go to your nearest emergency ward, call 911 or contact Telehealth Ontario toll-free at 1-866-797-0000.
NO medical waste is acceptable in the Recycling (Blue Box) Program or our Hazardous and Electronic Waste Program. Medical waste inlcudes any kind of waste that contains infectious material (or material that’s potentially infectious).
Anything that comes in contact with a human or animal (living or deceased) would be considered medical waste.
What is Medical Waste?
Medical waste can contain bodily fluids like blood or other contaminants. This can be defined as waste generated during medical research, testing, diagnosis, immunization, or treatment of either human beings or animals. Some examples are culture dishes, glassware, bandages, gloves, discarded sharps like needles or scalpels, swabs, and tissue.
This type of waste can be generated at:
Where to Take Your Medical Waste
As with other materials, everything has a place to be disposed of properly. Here is a list of the most common items we see in our facility. If you’re unsure of something, please see our Resources section below.
You can reach out to the following health care professionals for more information: