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Trace Chemotherapy Waste

Trace chemotherapy waste is waste that typically comes from treating cancer patients. It contains hazardous drug waste, from items like syringes and I.V. bags that have been fully administered, and are empty, or RCRA empty, meaning that no more than 3% of the drug, by weight of the total capacity of the container, is remaining. it is always considered “RCRA” empty. Trace chemotherapy waste is treated as regulated medical waste with one exception is incinerated, not autoclaved. All Trace Chemotherapy Waste must be incinerated.

If trace chemo waste is managed as infectious waste, the disposal methods like autoclaving for infectious waste do not destroy the cytotoxic nature of the drug residue. Therefore, trace chemotherapy waste (yellow containers) must be segregated from infectious waste (red bag) to ensure that the trace chemotherapy waste is incinerated. Most hazardous waste incinerators are operated at (1800/F to 2200/F) to ensure nearly complete destruction of the waste.

What Goes in the Waste Containers?

Trace chemo waste, Yellow Containers – Empty vials, syringes, IV bags, etc. that held antineoplastics must be empty in order to be considered trace chemotherapy waste. Place these empty containers into the yellow waste container to be incinerated.

Trace chemo waste, soft – Unless overtly contaminated, gowns, goggles, gloves, tubing, and wipes used with antineoplastic should be placed in the yellow waste container to be incinerated.

Trace chemo waste, sharps – Place sharps contaminated with chemotherapy drugs in a sharps container marked “trace chemo” and “incinerate only”.

Examples of sharps include (but are not limited to):

  • Needles
    • Sutures
    • Acupuncture
    • Hypodermic
  • Syringes
  • Lancets
  • Culture Dishes & Slides
  • Auto-Injectors
  • Infusion Sets
  • Razor Blades
  • Connection needles/sets

BioWaste provides trace chemo disposal services to waste generators in Nashville, Chattanooga and surrounding areas of Middle Tennessee. Give us a call at 615-491-4929 or complete the convenient form on this page. We look forward to serving you.

17 Gallon Reusable Sharps Container

Trace Chemotherapy Waste

Dimensions: 18″ x 13″ x 25″
DOT Certified
Leak, Tamper Proof
Environmentally Friendly

Reusable Sharps Containers

This container is for high volume capacity of needles, scalpels, lab waste, IV catheters keeping waste collection cost at a minimum.

FDA approved
FDA (510K) and DOT 3294 Certified
US DOT Markings: Compliant with HM-200 regulations and state environmental health agencies.
OSHA Markings: OSHA Exposure Control Plan Compliance.
Locking Transport Lid: Standard locking transport lid for easy and secure transportation.
Wide and clear opening for easy disposal.
Leak proof and puncture resistant.
Capacity: 17 Gallon


Phone: 615-491-4929

Email: Contact Form

Address: 210 Mitchell Blvd

Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388

About Us

Since 2009, BioWaste LLC has provided top-notch biohazard waste removal at reasonable rates for our customers all over Tennessee.

Call 615-491-4929 for a consultation, and speak with one of our knowledgeable and professional staff members.