The Mounting Medical Waste Problem

Recycling Explained

When we think of medical waste, we often think of hospitals and clinics, but there are many others who have a waste stream equally as dangerous. Home healthcare, nursing homes, dental practices, laboratories, funeral homes, medical schools, veterinarians, hospices, and more – all generate infectious waste.


At Millennium, we take this seriously. Accidental needle sticks and exposure from contaminated plastics or other materials are extremely dangerous to our employees.



  • No Lancets, sharps, needles, syringes and other sharp objects (Use the City’s FREE disposal program)
  • No Pills and Pharmaceuticals (Use the City’s FREE prescription dropbox)
  • No Diapers (Clean OR Dirty)
  • No Other Medical Plastic (Gloves, plastic tubing, catheters, speculums, urinals, bath or toilet seats, bedpans, bags, anything that came in contact with bodily fluids)
  • No Other non-recyclable Medical Items (Masks, bandages, crutches, sheets, etc)
  • No “red bag” or regulated medical waste

Reminder: Not only do recycling employees have to touch it to remove it, but none of these materials are recyclable in the single stream- keep them out!

Refer to SD Administrative Rules for proper handling of medical waste.