Fact Sheet: Infectious Waste Generators
What is the purpose of this registration?The Infectious Waste Generator Registration notifies DHEC that your facility is generating infectious waste.
DHEC uses the registration information to perform inspections at your facility to verify that it is complying with regulations.
The South Carolina Department of Health and
Environmental Control issues this registration.
The amount of the fee depends on how much
regulated infectious waste your facility generates.
How much will this registration cost?
DHEC does not charge a fee for small quantity generators (those that produce less than 50 pounds of infectious waste per month).
For large quantity generators (those that produce 50 pounds or greater in any one calendar month) the fee is $150 annually.
For extra large quantity generators (those that produce 1000 pounds or greater in any one calendar
month) the fee is $600 annually.
Registration fees can be found in South Carolina Regulation 61-30, Environmental Protection Fees
You can download the registration form from
our website at www.scdhec.gov/infectiouswaste.
Applicants can also request a copy by calling
(803) 896-4193, (803) 896-4240 or (803) 896-4247.
Where can I get the application for this
If your facility generates enough infectious waste to
warrant a fee, you must submit a check along with
the application for the appropriate amount. Make
the check payable to S.C. DHEC.
What, if anything, do I need to include with
Since this is a registration, there is no permit
decision to be made. We register each applicant
once we receive the required information and the
Is the decision on my permit application
dependent on anything besides the
information I provide in my application?
It typically takes about 3 business days to process
an application once we receive it. If you require a
faster turnaround, please contact our office at
(803) 896-4193, (803) 896-4240 or (803) 896-4247,
and we will do our best to accommodate
How long will it take to review and approve
The application should be submitted by mail to:
Where do I submit my application?
Infectious Waste Management Program
Bureau of Land and Waste Management
2600 Bull Street
Columbia SC 29201
You can also fax your application to DHEC’s Infectious Waste Management Program at (803) 896-4242.
It depends on the volume of infectious waste your
facility produces each month.
Small quantity generators (those that produce less
than 50 pounds of infectious waste per month):
Registration is valid for 3 years from the date of
How long is my coverage valid?
issuance. Large and extra-large generators: Registration is valid for up to 3 years, expiring on April 30 of the third
successive calendar year. (For example, a registration issued on November 15, 2012 would expire on April 30, 2015.) Yearly fees for large and extra-large generators are due when you initially register and thereafter, by August 15 of each calendar year. DHEC will mail you an invoice annually on July 15.
Facilities that close or no longer generate regulated waste are required to notify the Infectious Waste Management Program and properly remove all waste from the site.
There is not an appeal process since this is not a
permit. However, registration may be withheld due
to an incomplete or inaccurate form. If this
occurs, we will attempt to contact you by email,
phone and/or postal service to straighten
What is the appeal process for being turned
down for a permit or having my registration
Who can I contact if I have questions about
this registration or the application process?
• Call Margie Davis at (803) 896-4193 or email her at email@example.com.
Legal authority for this permit:
The authority for this registration stems from this
• S.C. Infectious Waste Management Act (www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/pubs/2010RegsFin.pdf )