Top Medical Waste Disposal Companies

Published: April 2024


Given the increased prevalence of infectious diseases that has resulted in the surge of hospitalization rates and the necessity to comply with the evolving medical waste disposal regulatory landscape, the reliance on medical waste management players is anticipated to increase substantially. We analyzed more than 95 industry players that offer disposal services for managing medical waste. In this article, discover top 5 Medical Waste Disposal Companies.


Waste is defined as any material that is undesirable and cannot be further modified or reframed into a useful product. In addition, medical waste is described as any waste that is generated from several healthcare sectors, such as hospitals, pharmaceuticals, clinics / labs and is likely to contain traces of infection causing organisms (bacteria and virus). According to a recent study, medical waste constitutes about 2-3% of the total waste generated and about 13 tons of hazardous waste produced per second, globally. Waste generated from healthcare facilities poses a threat and risk of developing contagious diseases. In this regard it is worth highlighting that 20% of the medical waste generated annually entails the risk of infection, chemical or radiation exposure. Further, with the upsurge in the growing burden of disease, increase in surgical procedures, rise in number of healthcare facilities, illegal dumping and inappropriate disposal of medical waste, accumulation of medical waste is growing relentlessly.

This has compelled the medical waste generators (hospitals, pharmaceuticals, clinics / labs) to rely on medical waste management service providers which are well-equipped with the required expertise to ensure proper medical waste disposal. Medical waste management refers to the professional treatment of healthcare waste before it is disposed or recycled. Moreover, the medical waste generators outsource various operations to tap into desired facilities and know-how, particularly if medical waste management firms are utilizing cutting-edge technologies to recycle medical waste in order to minimize the quantity of raw materials consumed, as well as the amount of waste that has to be disposed into a landfill. Consequently, the infectious or hazardous waste is regulated, decontaminated, and converted to non-hazardous waste.

Roots Analysis has conducted an exhaustive study on Medical Waste Management Market featuring the current market landscape and future opportunity associated with the medical waste disposal, collection, treatment and recycling domain, over the forecast period, till 2035.

Table of Contents

Below, we have listed (in alphabetical order), the top 5 medical waste disposal companies:

Company    Year of Establishment  Headquarters     Employee Count          
Cleanaway 1989 Cleanway - Headquarter 5,001-10,000
Clean Harbors 1980 Clean Harbors - Headquarter 10,000+
GreenTech Environ Management 2011 GreenTech Environ Management - Headquarter 201-500
Stericycle 1989 Stericycle - Headquarter 10,000+
WM 1968 WM - Headquarter 10,000+


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In this Article, Discover the Details on Top 5 Medical Waste Disposal Companies

This article highlights the top 5 players to watch out for in this industry. These companies were chosen based on their service portfolio / capabilities. It is essential to note that the selection of top players can differ substantially according to the defined criteria.

Cleanaway Offers an Unrivalled Capacity to Collect, Process, Treat, Recycle or Safely Dispose of Any Type of Medical Waste

Cleanaway - Medical Waste Disposal Companies


Cleanaway is an Australian-based organization that specializes in providing innovative solutions and services for medical waste management. In 2018, Cleanaway partnered with Toxfree and Daniels Health to expand its business reach and scale to over 6,300 expert staff, along with specialist fleet of over 5,300 vehicles spread over 250 locations in Australia.

The following table presents the details on the services offered by Cleanaway for medical waste management:

Parameter Description               
Tase of Waste
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Infectious Waste
Types of Service Offered
  • Collection
  • Segregation
  • Transportation
  • Recycling
  • Disposal
Waste Generators
  • Clinics / Labs
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Others


Recent Initiatives Undertaken by Cleanaway:

  • In 2021, the company acquired seven post-collection assets from Suez in order to expand its waste processing capabilities.

Learn more about the capabilities of Cleanaway and other medical waste disposal companies in full report

Clean Harbors Claims to Provide a Broad Range of Hazardous Material Management and Disposal Services Both On-site and Off-site

Clean Harbors - Medical Waste Disposal Companies


Clean Harbors is the leading environmental, energy and industrial services company. Being the largest hazardous waste disposal company in North America it is engaged in offering a broad range of medical waste management services to its diverse customer base including a majority of Fortune 500 companies, private entities, and local government bodies. Further, it is worth highlighting that the firm operates throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The following table presents the details on the services offered by Clean Harbors for medical waste management:

Parameter Description               
Tase of Waste
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Infectious Waste
  • Non-hazardous Waste
  • Radioactive Waste
Types of Service Offered 
  • Collection
  • Segregation
  • Storage
  • Transportation
  • Treatment
  • Recycling
  • Disposal
Treatment Method Incineration
Treatment Site
  • On-site
  • Off-site
Waste Generators
  • Clinics / Labs
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical Companies


Recent Initiatives Undertaken by Clean Harbors:

  • In 2021, the company acquired HydroChemPSC, a leading provider of industrial cleaning, specialty maintenance and utilities.
  • In 2018, the company acquired Veolia’s US industrial cleaning business, a key player in handling medical waste.

Learn more about the capabilities of Clean Harbors and other medical waste disposal companies in full report.

GreenTech Environ Management Strives to Provide Reliable Medical Waste Management Services in Order to Enhance the Productivity of Waste Management Processes

GreenTech Environ Management - Medical Waste Disposal Companies


GreenTech Environ Management is a pioneer in biomedical waste management as well as solid waste management services in eastern parts of India. It is worth highlighting that the company claims to own three common biomedical waste treatment facilities (CBWTFs) for the treatment of biomedical waste. The firm has set-up three common bio-medical waste treatment facilities in Kolkata, India, which holds the capacity of 250 kg / hr for incineration of medical waste. Additionally, the firm has set up two autoclave machines that have the capability to disinfect 432 l/batch infectious solid waste, along with a shredder machine that has a holding capacity of 250 kg / hr waste.

The following table presents the details on the services offered by GreenTech Environ Management for medical waste management:

Parameter Description               
Tase of Waste
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Infectious Waste
Types of Service Offered 
  • Collection
  • Segregation
  • Storage
  • Transportation
  • Treatment
  • Recycling
  • Disposal
Treatment Method
  • Autoclave / Steam Treatment
  • Incineration
Treatment Site
  • Off-site
Waste Generators
  • Clinics / Labs
  • Hospitals
  • Others


Learn more about the capabilities of GreenTech Environ Management and other medical waste disposal companies in full report.

The Company Specializes in Disposal of Pharmaceutical Waste, Sharps Waste, Controlled Substance Waste and Biohazardous Waste

Stericycle - Medical Waste Disposal Companies


Stericycle is a US-based waste management service provider. Stericycle has established its operations across 12 countries, with an aim to cater to the customers based in North America and Europe. Further, it is worth highlighting that in December 2022, Stericycle’s SafeShield Medical Waste Container was recognized as product of the year by Business Intelligence Group (BIG).

The following table presents the details on the services offered by Stericycle for medical waste management:

Parameter Description               
Tase of Waste
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Infectious Waste
  • Non-hazardous Waste
Types of Service Offered 
  • Collection
  • Segregation
  • Storage
  • Transportation
  • Treatment
  • Recycling
  • Disposal
Treatment Method
  • Autoclave / Steam Treatment
  • Incineration
Treatment Site
  • Off-site
Waste Generators
  • Clinics / Labs
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Others


Recent Initiatives Undertaken by Stericycle:

  • In the second quarter of 2022, Stericycle opened a 50,000 sq ft. flagship autoclave facility in New Jersey, US with advanced technologies in order to minimize manual work, improve safety and increase throughput efficiency.

Learn more about the capabilities of Stericycle and other medical waste disposal companies in full report.

WM Provides Collection, Recycling and Disposal Services to Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Municipal Customers Throughout the US and Canada

WM - Medical Waste Disposal Companies


WM is a leading environmental solutions provider headquartered in the US. WM offers comprehensive waste management services, ensuring the safe disposal and recycling of waste generated by various industries. In addition, the company claims to generate renewable energy and electricity from the naturally occurring gas produced from collected waste in its landfills.

The following table presents the details on the services offered by WM:

Parameter Description               
Tase of Waste Hazardous Waste
Types of Service Offered 
  • Collection
  • Segregation
  • Storage
  • Transportation
  • Recycling
  • Disposal
Waste Generators
  • Clinics / Labs
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical Companies


Recent Initiatives Undertaken by WM:

  • In September 2023, the company invested a sum of USD 30 million to expand manufacturing capacity by 100,000 square-foot (to process up to 420 tons of recyclables per day) at its facility based in Ohio, US.2
  • In May 2023, the company announced the establishment of a new facility in Tennessee, US to increase its construction and demolition recycling capacity.

Learn more about the capabilities of WM and other medical waste disposal companies in full report.

What About the Other Medical Waste Disposal Companies?

The above presentation features 5 medical waste disposal companies selected from a pool of over 95+ companies that we have compiled. If you're interested, you can download the Sample Report on this topic by Roots Analysis. For personalized assistance in identifying the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at sales@rootsanalysis.com.

About Author

Jasmeet Bhalla

With an experience of over 4 years with Roots Analysis, Jasmeet is adept at generating useful insights from unstructured / structured datasets. As a senior analyst at Roots Analysis, she has assisted several clients across multiple industry verticals within the healthcare industry. These verticals include contract services, devices / technologies, and drugs / disease indications. Since the findings of the research are aimed at supporting the clients to make thoughtful decisions for their business, she has hands-on experience on competitive landscape assessment, benchmarking, market sizing and forecasting, as well as several quantitative / qualitative / strategic frameworks.

Sources:

1. “Corporate Social Responsibility Update October 2022

2. “WM Unveils New $30 Million State-of-the-Art Recycling Facility in Cleveland”
https://mediaroom.wm.com/wm-unveils-new-30-million-dollar-recycling-facility-Cleveland

3. “WM to Build New Recycling Facility in Nashville”
https://mediaroom.wm.com/wm-build-new-recycling-facility-nashville

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