Medical Waste

The North Carolina Medical Waste Management rules regulate the packaging, storage, transportation, treatment, and disposal of medical waste.  The medical waste management rules are located at NCAC, Title 15A, Chapter 13, Subchapter B.  The medical waste management rules regulate non-hazardous solid waste.

Medical waste is subject to the requirements for solid waste found in the solid waste management regulations.  The North Carolina Medical Waste Management rules are administered by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Waste Management - Solid Waste Section.

Useful Links

Have a question about non-hazardous medical waste in North Carolina that you do not see answered?  Contact: or (336) 776-9673

Links to Other Governmental Agencies

Other agencies may have additional requirements pertaining to medical waste management.  See links below:

  • USEPA- While medical waste disposal is not regulated by the EPA their website has useful information and links.
  • OSHA- These regulations include information about labeling and packaging of medical waste.
  • DOT has regulations on medical waste transport. Enter "regulated medical waste" in the search box to find the information.
  • N.C. Hazardous Waste Section - Administers the RCRA Subtitle C program, which regulates some types of waste from medical facilities including some chemotherapy waste.