In addition to providing safe and efficient medical waste disposal, a facility’s use must be compatible with the state’s hazardous waste management plan. The proposed use must also accommodate the needs and plans of the municipality or host business, as well as the requirements of Vermont health departments and regulators. Its use must not be incompatible with local regulations, such as limiting the amount of hazardous wastes it accepts from generators without source reduction programs.
Regardless of its type, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has guidelines that help ensure the safety of medical waste generators. Those who generate medical wastes may be exempt if they produce less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste each month. Large generators are regulated by the state, while small generators produce less than 2,200 pounds per month. For more information on state and federal regulations, visit the DEC Hazardous Waste Program.
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is responsible for issuing guidelines for hazardous waste generators. Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for issuing regulations for medical waste generators. The Vermont Department of Transportation provides guidelines regarding medical waste management. The Department of Health and Human Services administers the state’s regulations on non-household solid waste and the Resource Conservancy Act. Its regulations ensure the protection of healthcare providers, patients, and the environment.