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Infectious Waste Management Requirements

The methods required for managing infectious waste varies depending on the type of waste.

Pathological waste

Human tissue from surgery and lab procedures. Lab animals (does not include teeth.)

  • Containment - Red bags
  • Disposal - Incineration

Biological waste

Blood and other body fluids that cannot go directly into the sewer. Waste materials that are saturated (dripping) with bodily fluids (not including diapers soiled with urine or feces.)

  • Containment - Red bags
  • Disposal - Incineration or sterilization. (Liquids or soluble semi-solids - discharged into a sewer.)


Needles, IV tubing with needles attached, scalpel blades, lancets, glass tubes and syringes out of their original sterile containers.

  • Containment - Red bags which are puncture proof
  • Disposal - either:
    • Incineration or
    • Sterilization or
    • Disposal in a segregated area of a permitted landfill (if in red puncture- proof boxes)

Culture and stocks

Specimen cultures and dishes, serums, vaccines (exclude throat and urine cultures.)

  • Containment - Red bags
  • Disposal - Incineration or sterilization.


Steve Siegel
Senior Policy Analyst, Materials Management Program
700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-229-5518