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:

  • EPA - Medical waste disposal is not regulated by the EPA although, its website has useful information.
  • OSHA - Regulations include information about labeling and packaging of medical waste.
  • DOT - Regulates medical waste transport.
  • CDC - National health security and disease information.
  • Clinical Questions about COVID-19 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • FDA - Protects consumers and enhances public health by maximizing compliance of FDA regulated products and minimizing risk associated with those products.
  • N.C. Hazardous Waste Section - Administers the RCRA Subtitle C program, which also regulates some types of medical waste and chemotherapy waste.