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Biological waste includes untreated regulated medical waste and biological materials generated from research, diagnostic, and/or teaching activities during manipulation or cleanup procedures. Duke University and Health System must manage these types of waste in order to minimize potential personnel exposures and to assure environmentally sound disposal of biological waste. 

Regulated medical waste means blood and body fluids in individual containers in volumes greater than 20 ml, microbiological waste, and pathological waste that have not been treated. Regulated medical waste must be treated prior to disposal.

Contact Information
  • To schedule a pickup in the hospital or medical center buildings, contact EVS at 919-681-9700 
  • For other buildings, review the information within the Duke Medical Waste Management Policy for guidance specific to the types of waste and your work location. 
  • For questions, contact OESO at 919-684-8822