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.

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.  

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!

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

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