Thank you for choosing MERI. We don’t take lightly the responsibility of managing your medical waste. And, we appreciate your support in helping us to properly disposing your infectious, hazardous, pharmaceutical and universal waste streams.

This thank you for choosing MERI video is a token of appreciation to our customers. Many of you have been with us since our inception over three decades ago. Because of your encouragement, we’ve been able to:

  • develop training programs and educational blogs to keep you up to date
  • support sustainability initiatives, like recycling surgical blue wrap
  • expand our services to include a nationwide medical waste mailback system
  • and most importantly, finding innovative solutions to your medical waste issues, whatever they may be

MERI Services

Madison Environmental Resourcing, Inc. began in 1985 by three Madison, WI hospitals, who formed an alliance to cost-effectively collect and treat their medical waste.

Over the years, we’ve expanded to other states and serve a variety of organizations, with a full range of transport and treatment services. Today we do everything from devitalizing biotech waste to disposing dental amalgam, from recycling sustainable materials like blue wrap and medical devices to collecting infectious waste and sharps through our nationwide mailback program operated under our subsidiary, Medical Environmental Recovery Inc.

Our mission then, as well as today, is to provide effective, environmentally safe medical waste disposal services at a low cost so that our customers can dedicate resources to patient care.

Let us know how we can help you with any of the following sustainable efforts, including:

  • Recycling your medical devices and surgical blue wrap
  • Maximizing your return potential from expired pharmaceuticals
  • Conduct in-person training or waste audit
  • Designing solutions to streamline your waste process

MERI swiftly collects and documents your biohazard waste, including sharps and infectious materials, from cradle to grave, with sustainable, electronic manifests. Being a fully licensed and insured medical waste transport, treatment and disposal company, MERI ensures your regulated waste streams follow all local, state and federal guidelines regarding proper transportation and destruction. We offer a pickup service for organizations in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, Northeast Iowa, Northern Illinois and Southeast Minnesota. In addition, MERI also offers a nationwide medical waste mailback program.

EPA Sewer Ban

Healthcare facilities have long disposed of hazardous pharmaceutical waste by flushing it down the drain or toilet. No more, says the EPA. Effective August 21, 2019, the EPA Sewer Ban will require facilities to find an alternative means of disposing RCRA hazardous pharmaceutical waste, such as through a licensed treatment facility like MERI. If you work for or manage a healthcare facility, here’s what you need to know to get in compliance with the new EPA Sewer Ban.

Madison Environmental Resourcing Inc. (MERI) will offer a RCRA/DOT Hazardous Waste Certification Class 6/24/2019. It will be from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at MERI’s facility at 800 Uniek Drive in Waunakee, WI.

Hospital, Medical Clinic, Facilities, Environmental Service, Plant Operations, and Safety Department employees should attend, especially those in need of RCRA/DOT Certification. Email info@meriinc.com if you’d like to be added to the class list or have any further questions.

WHAT: RCRA/DOT Hazmat Training

WHEN:     June 24, 2019

WHERE:   Madison Environmental Resourcing, Inc. 800 Uniek Drive, Waunakee, WI  53597

Check-In:  8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Class: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $250 person.  Continental Breakfast,  Lunch and Afternoon Beverages will be provided.

Certification: All who successfully complete the course test will receive their certification at the end of the day.

Payment: USE THIS LINK TO PAY BY PAYPAL OR CREDIT CARD. Invoices can be sent ahead of the training day by contacting info@meriinc.com and noting the name(s) of those attending from your organization. Or, payment can take place on the day of the training. Make checks payable to MERI. Receipts will be available.

RCRA/DOT Hazardous Waste Certification Class 6/24/2019 COURSE DESCRIPTION 

RCRA COMPLIANCE FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE GENERATORS OVERVIEW
(MORNING SESSION)
This RCRA compliance course is for large and small quantity generators. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requires that facility personnel be trained to “perform their duties in a way that ensures the facility’s compliance” with hazardous waste regulations.

DOT HAZMAT TRANSPORTATION OVERVIEW
(AFTERNOON SESSION)
Comprehensive training for shippers, handlers & transporters. Students receive regulatory changes and training in the use and application of the 49 CFR manual. Are you meeting hazmat training requirements? Every employee involved in shipping, transporting, or handling hazardous materials must receive training to be certified. And, the training must take place at least every 36 months. Also, the training must update whenever there is a regulation change affecting an employee’s job duties. All employees must train in hazmat compliance before performing hazmat activities in the workplace. This course will also provide train-the-trainer basics

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

All employees who are responsible for hazmat employee training; preparing/signing shipping papers; placarding; security; marking and labeling; packaging; loading and unloading of vehicles; and other activities that are regulated under the DOT hazmat regulations.

Drug Take Back Event

MERI collects sharps at Drug Take Back Day events in Stoughton, Waunakee and Edgerton, WI. Pills, patches, EPI pens, and prescription eyewear were just some of the many items collected at Stoughton Wellness Coalition’s recent Medication Disposal and Sharps Collection day. 

Stoughton Collects Sharps at Its Drug Take Back Event

In Stoughton, MERI collected and disposed 278 pounds of sharps. Additionally, more than 480 pounds of drugs were disposed that day through the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Take Back program. This free community wide drive-through service is held the third Saturday of April and October from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Stoughton Fire Station in conjunction with the state-wide medication disposal program. That day also is a chance to clear out all items disposed of at the 24-hour medication drop box at the Stoughton Police Station.

Pat Conlin, Stoughton Police Lieutenant, said, “This biannual event encourages people to clean out their medicine cabinets and remove painkillers or other medicines no longer needed by a family member or pet. We ask folks to drop off their sharps in rigid containers, and, if possible, keep medicines in their original packaging, with personal information darkened out.”

Volunteers from Lions/Lioness collect used eye glasses and hearing aids at the event, and Stoughton Hospital offer registered sharps containers to safely collect lancets and needles.

State and Local Grants Help Cover Costs

“More than 20 volunteers come together to help make this event go smoothly,” said Teressa Pellett, Stoughton Coalition. “A grant from the State of Wisconsin Targeted Response to Opioids, and local support from the Bryant Foundation, along with our partnership with Stoughton’s Police, School District and Hospital, has helped us to keep this valuable program going for the past 11 years and to keep unwanted medications out of the reach of children.”

Pellett said the take back day creates a safer community, promotes healthy lifestyle choices and prevents youth substance use.  “Our event provides a convenient way of disposing prescription medications and other waste and keeps them from being flushed into our water system or from entering landfills.”

She added, “It’s staggering the appreciation we receive from those who drop off their unwanted drugs and infectious waste. They know that items left in medicine cabinets may be susceptible to misuse, or, if disposed of improperly, may harm the environment.”

Although the take back day happens just twice per year, residents can drop off their unwanted medications 24 hours per day, 7 days per week at the Locked Drug Drop Off Box that is located outside at the Stoughton Police Station, 321 South Fourth Street in Stoughon. Items that can be put in the box include prescription medications, medication samples, over the counter medicines and inhalers. No sharps should be placed in the box.

MERI Collects Sharps at Drug Take Back in Waunakee

Jodie Sorenson, executive board member of the Waunakee Community Cares Coalition, said Waunakee has participated in the DEA’s Drug Take Back day for the past three years. This is the first year MERI collected and disposed sharps at its event. “MERI made the process easy, and we were able to collect more than 50 pounds of sharps. MERI also provided us with one-gallon sharps boxes that we handed out to members of our community.” Sorenson added, “And, we also gave out lockable safes to keep drugs stored out of the reach of children.”

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Madison Environmental Resourcing, Inc. (MERI) will work with those impacted by the recent floods to destroy records contaminated by sewage water.

Jim Fitzpatrick, MERI CEO, said, “As the floodwaters recede, people may wonder what to do with moldy, infectious confidential papers and records. We can take the worry away by safely collecting, disinfecting and destroying this for them.” 

MERI is a Waunakee, WI-based medical waste disposal company. It works with hospitals and businesses throughout the Midwest to remove biohazard, hazardous and universal materials.

A licensed infectious and hazardous waste transporter, MERI also has a licensed infectious waste treatment facility. Its microwave processors sanitize and shred items to a fraction of their original size.

In addition, through its nationwide sharps mailback program, MERI provides a cost-effective solution for facilities looking to collect and safely dispose of needles.

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Bloodborne Pathogens: Test Your Knowledge.

See if you know what it takes to keep everyone safe in the workplace.

Also, be sure to keep MERI Inc.’s BIohazard Bloodspill Cleanup and Disposal Kit on hand to disinfect, document and dispose after a workplace incident.

If you want to fly a sustainability flag at your hospital or clinic surgical center, one of the easiest ways is to do it is blue wrap recycling. But if you want this to happen, you need to follow a couple simple rules when recycling your surgical blue wrap. Rules you say? It’s worth it. Diverting waste from the landfill translates to a better sustainability record and a cleaner world. We even have this free poster for you to follow to make sure you properly recycle your blue wrap.

What is Blue Wrap and How Can it Be Reused?

Blue wrap binds sterilized surgical tools to prevent contamination. Once it’s removed, don’t trash it! This heavy-duty polypropylene #5 is collected by certain waste disposal companies, like MERI to be recycled into other products, including the fiberglass that’s installed behind the bumpers of cars. One of our customers recycled almost 19,000 pounds of blue wrap – about 10 percent of its total biohazard waste.

In order for the blue wrap recycling process to work, it’s important to follow this simple rule. Blue wrap must be separated out from the rest of your medical waste. Our customers put their blue wrap into a clear plastic bag for us to collect. We do this at the same time we pick up their medical waste. 

Again, it bears repeating: Separate your blue wrap from the rest of your medical waste if you’d like it to be properly recycled. We’ve seen everything from paper towels to medical instruments and devices to knee joints. Yes, you read that correctly. They were in with the blue wrap recycling bag. If anything is in the bag that shouldn’t be, it contaminates the entire bag, and the whole bag thrown out instead of baled. Oh, and if you’re still stuck on the knee joint and don’t believe us, well, we’re going to spare you a picture of that.

Here’s a picture of something we commonly see that just won’t fly. A simple paper towel jumbled in with the blue wrap bag. The recycling center would reject the entire load if not for our MERI man Bob spotting it ahead of time and taking it out of the pile before baling.

MERI Inc.’s Bob Jones fishes out a paper towel in a pile of blue wrap

Proper Blue Wrap Recycling

The ONLY thing that should be in your clear blue-wrap bag is blue wrap or associated tape used around the blue wrap that holds the medical instruments. 

DO:

* Place only Blue wrap Associated Tape Used to Hold Medical Instruments

DON’T HAVE ANY OF THESE IN YOUR BLUE WRAP RECYCLING BAG:

  • Bodily Fluids/Blood
  • Sharps/Needles
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Infectious Materials
  • Contaminated Materials
  • Chemicals/Gloves
  • Liquids
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Medical Instruments or Medical Devices

Free Blue Wrap Poster

To educate everyone on proper blue wrap disposal, hang this poster to make it abundantly clear above your blue wrap container. Most importantly, hang it near where your blue wrap recycling bin is located.

If you’re a medical clinic or surgical center looking to improve your sustainability record, recycling blue wrap could be your answer. But remember, your efforts are only as good as making good on proper blue wrap recycling. That way, your blue wrap will get new life rather than end up in the landfill.  

infectious waste

It’s time to report your 2018 infectious waste numbers to the WI DNR. You can access the link here.  March 1, 2019 is the deadline to submit your Wisconsin facility’s 2018 infectious waste numbers.

For those who generated more than 50 lbs. of sharps and medical waste in a calendar month during 2018, this task should go more quickly now that the WI DNR has automated the process. If you did one before, a lot of the electronic fields will already be filled in for you. Be sure to check them and make any necessary changes.

Does your healthcare facility need to file an infectious waste annual report?

State law requires businesses and institutions to separate and manage infectious waste safely. It requires hospitals, clinics and nursing homes to implement plans to reduce medical waste. To verify compliance with these requirements, infectious waste generators must file a report regarding waste sent off-site for infectious waste treatment. This is also know as the “Off-site Treatment Report.” In addition, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes must file the “Medical Waste Reduction Progress Report.” The DNR’s infectious waste annual report combines both reports in the same online form.

To determine whether your facility must file the infectious waste annual report, go to dnr.wi.gov and search “infectious waste.” If you have questions, please contact Ariana Mankerian (608-266-6965).

MERI makes it easy to pull your infectious waste numbers

MERI customers can quickly get their numbers by using the online portal.  All you have to do is:
1)   log into: https://merigenesis.com
2)   Type in your customer ID (if you can’t remember it, just give us a call and we can remind you what we have on file)
3)   Enter your password. Can’t remember it? Don’t worry. You can create a new one. Just click on the green button and follow the instructions in the email that will come your way.

If you are a generator of infectious waste in Wisconsin and have not yet received an email from the DNR notifying you of instructions to ensure everything gets filed correctly, be sure to email them at DNRMedicalWaste@wisconsin.gov. This is especially important if your facility has a new contact person.

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Madison Environmental Resourcing, Inc. (MERI) will offer a RCRA/DOT Hazardous Waste Training Certification Class 5/14/2019. It will be from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at MERI’s facility at 800 Uniek Drive in Waunakee, WI.

Hospital, Medical Clinic, Facilities, Environmental Service, Plant Operations, and Safety Department employees should attend, especially those in need of RCRA/DOT Certification.

Click to register here or email this HAZTRAININGFORM to info@meriinc.com if you’d like to be added to the class list.

WHAT: RCRA/DOT Hazmat Training

WHEN:     May 14, 2019

WHERE:   Madison Environmental Resourcing, Inc. 800 Uniek Drive, Waunakee, WI  53597

Check-In:  8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Class: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $250 person.  Continental Breakfast,  Lunch and Afternoon Beverages will be provided.

Certification: All who successfully complete the course test will receive their certification at the end of the day.

Payment: USE THIS LINK TO PAY BY PAYPAL OR CREDIT CARD. Invoices can be sent ahead of the training day by contacting info@meriinc.com and noting the name(s) of those attending from your organization. Or, payment can take place on the day of the training. Make checks payable to MERI. Receipts will be available.

RCRA/DOT Hazardous Waste Certification Class 5/14/2019 COURSE DESCRIPTION 

RCRA COMPLIANCE FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE GENERATORS OVERVIEW
(MORNING SESSION)
This RCRA compliance course is for large and small quantity generators. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requires that facility personnel be trained to “perform their duties in a way that ensures the facility’s compliance” with hazardous waste regulations.

DOT HAZMAT TRANSPORTATION OVERVIEW
(AFTERNOON SESSION)
Comprehensive training for shippers, handlers & transporters. Students receive regulatory changes and training in the use and application of the 49 CFR manual. Are you meeting hazmat training requirements? Every employee involved in shipping, transporting, or handling hazardous materials must receive training to be certified. And, the training must take place at least every 36 months. Also, the training must update whenever there is a regulation change affecting an employee’s job duties. All employees must train in hazmat compliance before performing hazmat activities in the workplace. This course will also provide train-the-trainer basics

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

All employees who are responsible for hazmat employee training; preparing/signing shipping papers; placarding; security; marking and labeling; packaging; loading and unloading of vehicles; and other activities that are regulated under the DOT hazmat regulations.

To run the event we will need a minimum of 10 people in attendance. Spread the word so we have a good attendance!

MERI Inc. Video

 Always wonder where your medical waste goes after it leaves your facility? Watch our new video for a behind the scenes view of Madison Environmental Resourcing Inc. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=bBAUpmubqhM
 

MERI CEO Jim Fitzpatrick shares the history and mission of MERI, and how our team strives everyday to make your medical waste disposal worry free.

See what happens when sharps, biohazard and infectious waste goes through MERI’s microwave processors, getting disinfected and shredded to a fraction of its original volume. Also, learn how its destruction is properly recorded using MERI’s sustainable electronic manifest system. 

Finally, check out MERI’s nationwide mailback kit program, which provides an array of easy disposal options for sharps and other regulated medical waste, including trace chemo and amalgam.

Most importantly, if you like our video, we’d appreciate a thumbs up on Twitter …and feel free to share it with others on Linked In!