Medical Waste: Needles, Pharmaceuticals, Vaping and More

Friday, August 14, 2020

Needlestick injuries expose us to bloodborne pathogens, including HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and other viruses. Traces of antibiotics found in river and lake water samples are shifting the delicate balance of aquatic ecosystems. Nicotine (among other toxic substances) in e-cigarettes, vape pens, and cartridges are considered hazardous waste. Vape batteries can start landfill and transfer station fires. What about other items such as inhaler cartridges, epi-pens, needle storage devices?

We care about protecting sanitation workers and the general public from deadly injuries. Join NRRA's Cindy Sterling and Ben Perham, and NH Lakes Region Planning Commission's Paige Wilson, as they share the results of previous lively medical waste disposal roundtable discussions, efforts and research. This is the culminating recorded webinar about what is happening in MA, NH, and VT.

Participants say: "I work at a hospital so the information is very important and informative." "I learned about needle clippers. They can really be effective and I will bring them up to my employer." 


This webinar is available for free for both NRRA members and nonmembers. The following are encouraged to participate: municipal recycling and transfer station staff, solid waste operators, public works staff, state and local government officials and staff, educators, and community members. NH solid waste operators will receive one hour of continuing education credit. Please contact after viewing the webinar with your email address and name of the webinar so that NRRA can confirm your login on our webinar attendance report.  To view the recording, select the "Webinar Recording" button. Please fill out the required information, click "Register" and you will be prompted to the recording.