The Infectious Waste Program regulates generators and transporters of infectious waste in South Carolina as well as facilities that treat infectious waste.
In South Carolina, there are approximately 7000 registered generators of infectious waste, 17 registered transporters of infectious waste, and 1 registered treatment facility for infectious waste.
Also known as medical or biohazardous waste, infectious waste is material that was used in healthcare, research or postmortem exams. It includes:
The regulations describe the registration process, explain what is considered infectious waste and what is exempted, and define treatment processes. There are three classes of generators, defined by the weight of waste generated in a calendar month:
Infectious waste created in South Carolina does not have to be treated in South Carolina, but any person or company that generates or transports infectious waste in South Carolina must be registered.