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 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!

sharps wall box

You may have noticed a sharps wall box mounted in restroom gas stations, grocery stores and countless other facilities. Then again, you’ve likely seen plenty without. This disparity might have you wondering whether or not you really need to have one. The short answer is YES. But before we get into why your business needs a sharps wall box, let’s back up a minute. What exactly is a “sharp”, and when might you come across one?

What Is a Sharp?

The medical community uses the word sharp to describe items with a point or edge that could puncture the skin. Examples include hollow needles used to inject medicines, syringes that either inject into or withdraw fluid from the body, lancets or fingerstick devices for blood testing, and auto injectors like insulin pens with pre-filled medicines.

Imagine someone uses your facility’s restroom to administer a diabetic or allergy injection. Would you have a safe place to store the discarded needle?  If not, the infectious waste is likely to end up in the trash, flushed down the toilet, or placed in a feminine hygiene container, which could be a huge problem. Here are three reasons why your business needs a sharps wall box.

1) Sharps are a Health Hazard

Think of all the times you’ve taken out the trash and seen objects like broken glass poking out of the bag. It’s dangerous. But just think if it was also contaminated with blood borne pathogens, which is what happens when sharp needles are discarded in the trash. The situation immediately becomes far more serious, especially if the waste handler gets pierced and is at risk of If a contracting an infectious disease, such as Hepatitis C.

There’s environmental considerations too. When infectious sharps are mixed in with recyclables, they can cause whole loads to be rejected and sent to landfills instead. Moreover, when they’re loose in the environment, sharps quickly become a public health hazard.

2) Sharps Lawsuits and Needless Plumbing Bills

More than 100 million people in the US are living with diabetes or prediabetes – almost 30 percent of the population. They often need to check their blood sugar levels, and possibly follow that with an insulin injection.  If you don’t have a rigid sharps box to put their discarded needle, lancet or fingerstick device into, could you explain why you don’t have one?

In high traffic restrooms, such as airports, parks, hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, libraries and office buildings, the risk is greater for a needle or sharps puncture by janitorial staff member if there is no place to properly throw the needle or sharp object away. As a result, needlestick injury lawsuits happen.

Beyond lawsuits, there’s an issue of plumbing bills for removing syringes from toilets, which is easily remedied by simply hanging a sharps box in your restroom or first aid station. And, speaking of expense, what you might not realize is…

3) Sharps Wall Boxes are Cheaper than You Think

A sharps box is surprisingly economical to install and service, especially when considering the time, stress and expense that’s endured by an employee who is accidentally poked and has to undergo costly tests to determine if an infectious disease was transmitted.

Plus, the cost of MERI’s 5 quart sharps disposal system is inexpensive compared to the cost of a lawsuit.

Those in need of a durable wall mounted sharps box solution often select MERI’s rugged black 5 quart Sharps Guard disposal box or rugged black 1 quart Sharps Guard disposal box.  Both of these black sharps boxes are made from the same a high-density plastic found in professional baseball helmets, so they can hold up well in a gas station or park restroom that may not be checked on a regular basis throughout the day.

MERI’s Sharps Disposal Systems Feature Everything You Need

All of MERI’s sharps disposal systems come with a rigid lockable sharps wall box, biohazard container insert, medical waste disposal mailback kit to send back the waste when its full and a manifest that documents its proper disposal. 

Just follow the mailback kit instructions, including signing the manifest on the side of the shipping box, before sending it back via your local US Post Office. This video outlines how easy MERI’s mailback kits are to use.

Why the Hesitation When the Remedy is Simple?

The risks of not having a sharps disposal kiosks are numerous, but the remedy is simple, as this editorial notes. Avoid health and environmental hazards by mounting a sharps disposal box in your business’s restroom.

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Madison Environmental Resourcing, Inc. (MERI) will offer a Hazardous Waste Certification Class 11/7/2018. The RCRA and DOT hazmat training 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 are all encouraged to 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:     Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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 and electronic payments made 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 11/7/2018 COURSE DESCRIPTION 

RCRA COMPLIANCE FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE GENERATORS OVERVIEW
(MORNING SESSION)
This RCRA compliance course is designed 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!

ATTENDEE INFORMATION Email this information below by November 5, 2018 to info@meriinc.com. Please clearly note the following information for the November 7, 2018 RCRA/DOT Hazmat training certification:

NAME    ORGANIZATION          EMAIL            PHONE

_______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

Eyebrows by Microblader Rachel Brown-Wilson

Helping people achieve their quest for perfect eyebrows has meant an explosion in microbladers in the US. Many use MERI’s mailback kits to cost-effectively manage Microblade Waste.

A form of cosmetic tattoos, microblading is an alternative to makeup that combats the struggle for killer brows. It is a relatively inexpensive, fast, and precise procedure. Most importantly, it ensures good-looking eyebrows for anywhere from 6-16 months (if treated properly).

PhiBrows artist Rachel Brown-Wilson says clients look to her for a more permanent makeup solution in creating the framing eyebrows they truly deserve. Many of her clients struggle with inadequate eyebrows.  This is simply due to aging and pigmentation loss or not having been gifted perfect brows at birth.  Or, many don’t have either the skill or time to use makeup to draw or fill their brows each day. 

“Defined eyebrows can instantly make you look more polished and put together. Even with no makeup on, an admirable colored and shaped brow can open up your eyes and transform your entire look,” says Brown-Wilson. She uses two different types of microscopic needles for contouring, shading and filling in with a carefully selected pigment. Strokes are always drawn in the direction of natural hair growth in order to achieve hyper-realistic eyebrows.

“The best part of my job as a microblader is helping people put their best face forward. Men and women alike are renewed when they regain eyebrows that were lost to either age, or an earlier chemotherapy treatment. The younger generation also gravitates to this form of tattooing to achieve an artistically designed look.”

Managing Microblade Waste

Brown-Wilson says adding a Microblade Waste Management Solution to her small business plan helped to secure the funding she needed when starting her microblading studio.

“I teamed up with MERI who offered a mailback kit with a manifest that documented the proper destruction of my needles and other infectious microblade waste.”

Widely popular among microbladers and other cosmetic tattoo artists, MERI’s mailback kits are easy, safe and cost effective way for technicians to designate all materials infected with blood borne pathogens after a procedure.

MERI’s medical waste mailback disposal strategy is straightforward. It saves the environment from improper waste disposal that can be subject to a hefty regulatory fine. Also, it saves small businesses money compared to pick-up methods that require contracts or a regular pick up schedule.

“Just starting out, I loved the fact that using a MERI medical waste mailback kit meant that I didn’t have to commit to a contract. I can just pay as I and as my business grows,” says Brown-Wilson. “Also, showing the health inspector my documentation, noting my proper waste destruction, is one less worry about following all of the strict regulations of our business.”

How MERI’s Mailback Kits Work

Each MERI medical waste mailback kit includes certified infectious waste collection container(s) that abide by the strict Department of Transportation (DOT) and United States Postal Service (USPS) shipping standards.

Containers range from one quart in size up to two gallons, depending on the amount of waste generated. Items that can go into the containers in include gloves, needles, gauze, and anything has bloodborne pathogens on it.

Each MERI kit includes the following items:

* Collection container(s)

* Heavy plastics

* Simple-to-follow instruction sheet

* Manifest to document proper treatment and disposal

* Prepaid return shipping label

When the container is full, simply fill out the manifest on the side of the outer shipping box. Keep one copy for your records and place the other inside the plastic sleeve on the side of the box. Then, give it to your local USPS mail carrier. There is no need for postage as a pre-paid shipping label already on the box. Click here to see how MERI’s mailback system works

Compliant Medical Waste Solution

The DOT’s penalty for non-compliant medical waste disposal is steep. Up to $27,500 per violation per day. Therefore, it’s crucial that no matter how you dispose of your medical waste, it’s done compliantly.

Disposal companies like MERI take care of all these legal requirements for you. Your only obligation is to sign the manifest before shipping your kit for disposal. And then, keep a copy for yourself. Beyond that, just package your waste and give the box to your local US Postal Carrier.

While compliance is an important issue, many waste generators also find that using a mail back system may be cheaper than most other removal methods.

Providing Cheaper Waste Disposal for Microbladers

MERI’s mailback kits are ideal for those who generate less than two, 2-gallon containers worth of infectious waste per month. If your studio exceeds this amount, a service pick up might cost less.

However, for small generators of infectious waste – like microbladers and tattoo parlors – calling a waste disposal service to transport that same amount of waste could cost up to double the price, depending on your number of containers and location(s).

The most cost-effective way to use a MERI mailback kit is to purchase a couple larger collection containers rather than multiple smaller ones. If you store these containers in a secure location, infectious waste can be kept indefinitely.

In most instances, using a mail back system could save your microblading studio time and money, in addition to providing a more efficient option for compliantly disposing of your biohazard waste.

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MERI is offering a FREE Infectious Waste Poster to help hospital employees determine what medical waste goes inside the red biohazard bin.

free infectious waste poster

What is Infectious Waste?

Part of the confusion around infectious waste is that is goes by many names, including:  biohazard, red bag, RMW or regulated medical waste.

While state regulatory information may vary, according to the Wisconsin DNR’s website, the following waste is considered infectious, and should always be segregated from standard waste.

Sharps ­- Unused or disinfected sharps that are being discarded, such as hypodermic needles, syringes with needles, scalpel blades, lancets, broken glass or rigid plastic vials and laboratory slides. PLEASE NOTE: all sharps must go into a rigid container before going in the biohazard bag.

Bulk blood or body fluids – Pourable or drip able amounts of blood or body fluids or items saturated with blood or body fluids.

Microbiological laboratory waste – Cultures derived from clinical specimens and discarded laboratory equipment that has contacted cultures.

Human tissue – Teeth but not hair or nails. NOTE: teeth with amalgam fillings should go into a hazardous waste container.

Animal tissue, bulk blood or body fluids – From an animal carrying a zoonotic infectious agent such as rabies, anthrax or tuberculosis.

Free Infectious Waste Poster

One of the ways to quickly make staff aware of what should go in the red bin is to hang this free poster  near your biohazard containers.

The free poster from MERI outlines an example of the types of infectious medical waste items that should go in the biohazard bag, such as: 

  • Sharps Containers (no loose needles or glass vials in the bag)
  • Empty Red Biohazard Bags
  • Bags & IV Tubing Containing Blood Products
  • Chest Drainage Units
  • Pathological (Small or Soft Tissue Only)
  • Suction Canisters
  • Hemodialysis Products
  • Items saturated or contaminated with blood, urine or feces that are drip able, pourable or can flake off

The poster also highlights items that should not go in the biohazard bag, including:

  • Garbage or Recycling
  • Loose Sharps or Vials (Should go in a Sharps Container first)
  • Medication
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Batteries
  • Limbs
  • Chemotherapy Waste

For safety’s sake, we’d like to reiterate that there should be NO LOOSE SHARPS in either the  biohazard bag or medical waste bin. All sharps should go into a separate sharps container. This sharps containers should go inside the biohazard bag. Or, if using a reusable sharps container, go on the reusable sharps cart. Medical waste transporters may also carry out larger rigid sharps  biohazard containers.

Medical Waste Savings Through Proper Segregation

Knowing what goes in an infectious waste bin — and what doesn’t — is the key to a medical waste generator savings. Thousands of dollars get wasted each year simply because items get inadvertently thrown into a red biohazard bag rather than another appropriate container. 

For example, standard trash items, such as paper, bottles and food, should never be disposed with your infectious waste. These items are like infectious waste fat, adding poundage with no benefit. It costs a lot more, pound per pound, for infectious waste disposal compared with general waste.

The easiest way to reduce the amount of infectious waste an organization produces has little to do with its actual waste production. Rather, it’s making sure your entire staff understands the difference between infectious waste and general waste. 

Hopefully, this poster will help with that effort!

If you have any further questions, please email us or give us a call at (608) 257-7652.

 

As a hazardous waste generator, you might need to submit a manifest

Madison Environmental Resourcing, Inc. (MERI) will offer Hazardous Waste Certification on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.  RCRA and DOT hazmat training will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at MERI’s new facility at 800 Uniek Drive in Waunakee, WI.

Hospital, Medical Clinic, Facilities, Environmental Service, Plant Operations, and Safety Department employees are all encouraged to 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:     Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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: A certificate of completion will be given to attendees after they complete the course tests at the end of the day.

Payment: USE THIS LINK TO PAY BY PAYPAL OR CREDIT CARD. Invoices can be sent and electronic payments made ahead of the training day by contacting info@meriinc.com or registering a contact person here. We’ll need the name, organization, email and phone of all who will be attending from your company. Payment can also be made on the day of the training. Receipts will be given for cash or checks made payable to MERI.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

RCRA COMPLIANCE FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE GENERATORS OVERVIEW
(MORNING SESSION)
This RCRA compliance course is designed 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 are updated with regulatory changes and are given 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; the training must be repeated at least every 36 months; and the training must be updated whenever there is a regulation change affecting an employee’s job duties. All employees must be trained 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!

ATTENDEE INFORMATION Email this information below by Friday, May 4 to info@meriinc.com. Please clearly note the following information so that a certificate can be presented upon completion of the Tuesday, May 8, 2018 RCRA/DOT Hazmat training:

NAME    ORGANIZATION          EMAIL            PHONE

_______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

Madison Environmental Resourcing Inc. (MERI) is now in its new location at 800 Uniek Drive in Waunakee, WI.

According to MERI CEO Jim Fitzpatrick, the medical waste disposal company outgrew its former Badger Road location in Madison. “We’ve expanded our services to offer a centralized solution for our regulated medical waste customers,” said Fitzpatrick.  

One-Stop Medical Waste Shop

Besides collecting and processing infectious waste, MERI properly disposes other regulated medical waste streams, including pharmaceuticals, hazardous and universal materials.  MERI also helps clients be more sustainable by collecting and recycling blue wrap and repurposing medical devices.

“Our strategy of becoming a one-stop medical waste shop has simplified and streamlined our client’s disposal process,” said Fitzpatrick, adding, “And more customers are requesting our cost-effective service.”

About MERI

A partnership of three Madison, WI hospitals, Madison Environmental Resourcing Inc. (MERI) helps facilities properly dispose regulated medical waste throughout the Midwest. In addition, MERI has a nationwide medical waste mailback program that compliantly disposes needles or trace chemotherapy waste.

Amalsed Silver Amalgam Separator

The EPA rule on amalgam waste in dentistry, also known as Dental Effluent Guidelines, is now effective.  Dental facilities that place or remove amalgam have until July 14th, 2020 to install an amalgam separator and dispose of their amalgam waste in a compliant way. Because of this, MERI Inc. has joined forces with medentex to provide dental offices with an EPA-compliant amalgam recycling program.

This program includes an ISO 11143 certified amalgam separator as well as amalgam waste mailback containers in various sizes. By adding medentex’s amalgam recycling services, MERI Inc. offers a complete range of compliant waste disposal products for dental clinics.

Dentists throughout the country handle about one to two pounds of amalgam each year. It mainly comes in the form of old silver-colored fillings removed from teeth. The problem arises in that amalgam contains about 50 percent mercury by weight. Once mercury enters the water stream, microorganisms convert it into methyl mercury, a highly toxic compound. It accumulates in fish, shellfish and any animals that eat them. This exposure rises straight to the top of the food chain, leading to methyl mercury exposure in humans.

EPA notes that the single largest source of mercury at Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) comes from dental offices using silver amalgam. Unless, of course, there’s a industrial plant in the community discharging it.

About medentex LLC

medentex is a globally operating company headquartered in Bielefeld, Germany, specializing in the professional and compliant disposal and recycling of dental waste. We have been supporting dentists for more than 30 years with hands-on solutions, ranging from reliable amalgam waste disposal management to amalgam separation. medentex is officially authorized to collect and transport dental waste across country borders and the processing is performed at our recycling facility in Germany.

About MERI Inc.

Fully licensed and insured, Madison Environmental Resourcing Inc. (MERI) is a medical waste transport, treatment and disposal company. MERI services medical waste generators throughout the Midwest, removing infectious, hazardous, pharmaceutical and universal wastes, including amalgam. 

Restaurateurs are always on the alert for red flags that could sink their ratings and bottom lines. But sometimes, the simplest mistake – like not having a place to store used needles – can result in an unfortunate headline. Use these three restaurant sharps disposal tools to help avoid a (bio)hazardous review from a customer, employee or OSHA inspector:

1. Hang Sharps Containers in Restaurant Restrooms

About 14% of Americans today either have a food allergy or diabetes. Many carry an EPI pen, or insulin injection needle, with them at all times in case of an emergency. If someone asked where your sharps disposal container is, could you direct them to one on your premise? Or, could you explain why you don’t have one?

Providing a sharps box means your customers and employees can avoid placing their sharps in the restaurant’s restroom trash, where a staff member can get poked while taking out the bag.

MERI’s sharps disposal system comes with a rigid sharps box to hang in your restroom. It also includes a handy mailback container. When your biohazard insert is full, exchange it with a new insert inside the mailback kit. Then, mail the full insert back to us in the postage paid box.

Just follow the instructions, including signing the manifest, before sending it back via the local US Postal mail carrier. At $79 for the whole system, it’s a bargain compared to a multi-million lawsuit that may be brought forth by an employee or customer if accidentally poked by a needle placed in the trash bin or parking lot. It may also prevent you from a Sharps lawsuit.

2. Use a Mailback Kit to Easily Dispose Full Sharps Containers

It’s never okay to reuse a sharps container located inside a sharps box. The box is filled with needles and bloodborne pathogens, which could spread infection if not properly disposed after use.

A mailback kit makes it easy to switch out the full container with a fresh one. It even comes with a prepaid USPS return shipping label addressed to MERI’s licensed treatment center. Simply follow the instructions to package up the old biohazard mailback container, and drop it off at your local U.S. Post Office or give to your postal carrier.  This video outlines how easy MERI’s mailback kits are to use.

3. Have a Blood Spill Clean Up and Disposal Kit 

Accidents happen. It’s not only important to properly clean up, but also to dispose of infectious waste. MERI’s blood spill clean-up and disposal kit disinfects, documents and disposes after a spill involving blood, vomit, urine or feces.

Place the blood spill kit near your first aid kit. Then it will be easy to grab when cleaning up and collecting the infectious material. The rigid container can also hold glass shards that would otherwise pierce through a typical plastic garbage bag. Read and follow the instructions that come with the kit to ensure you stay safe when cleaning up.Before sending, sign the enclosed manifest. It documents you are properly disposing infectious waste. Then, mail the infectious waste in the postage paid box back to MERI’s treatment center.

Responsible Restaurant Sharps Disposal Tools

Being a responsible restaurateur or business owner means implementing OSHA guidelines to avoid biohazardous accidents. Have a sharps container in your restaurant’s restrooms, as well as blood spill clean-up and disposal kits near your first aid kit. They’ll make it easy for your employees or guests to dispose their sharps or other infectious waste – and even easier for you to take care of it after.

MERI will soon have a new home at 800 Uniek Drive in Waunakee, WI.

Madison Environmental Resourcing, Inc. (MERI) is working through final permitting with the Department of Natural Resources. Two of MERI’s microwave processors moved and installation is currently in progress.

Once the DNR issues a permit to operate, likely by late February, MERI will be fully operational at the new facility. Plans are in place to make it a seamless transition so customers will continue to be serviced during the move.

 “We outgrew our Badger Road location due to more customers requesting our superior, cost-effective service,” said CEO Jim Fitzpatrick. “Now, we hope to expand into other offerings, including adding resusable sharps.”

 One-Stop Medical Waste Disposal Shop

Besides collecting and processing infectious waste, MERI handles other regulated medical waste streams, such as pharmaceuticals, hazardous materials and universal waste.  It also helps its clients be more sustainable by collecting and recycling blue wrap and repurposing medical devices.

“Our strategy of becoming a one-stop medical waste shop has simplified and streamlined our client’s disposal process,” said Fitzpatrick.