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Medical Waste

The North Carolina Medical Waste Rules cover all aspects of medical waste management including: packaging, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal. The medical waste management regulations are found in 15A NCAC 13B. Medical waste is regulated as solid waste and not as hazardous waste.

Medical waste is also subject to all general requirements for solid waste found in the solid waste management regulations. The North Carolina medical waste management regulations are administered by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Waste Management.

Useful Links

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

Links to Other Governmental Agencies

Disposers should be aware that other agencies have additional requirements for some aspects of medical waste management. These include:

  • 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.