Solid & Infectious Waste
Before taking waste to the landfill, first determine whether it can be reduced, recycled or reused. If items cannot be reused or recycled, waste may be discarded in the waste stream (i.e. garbage cans and dumpsters).
has two main landfills that serve its citizens: Wasatch Integrated and the Bountiful City Landfill.
Both of these landfills will accept a wide variety of waste types, including green waste, commercial waste, animal wastes, and appliances, and mobile homes. Wasatch Integrated also offers a household hazardous waste facility.
Infectious waste is waste capable of producing an infectious disease if someone was to come into direct contact with it. This includes medical lab waste, waste with animal and human body parts or fluids, and used sharps. Sharps are a medical term
used to describe anything with sharp points or edges that could puncture skin. This includes things such needles, syringes, lancets, auto injectors, and infusion sets.
Regulated Infectious Waste
Whether infectious waste is regulated depends on how much is generated, transported, or treated. The Davis County Board of Health has adopted an Infectious Waste Regulation, which only applies to facilities that generate more than 200lbs of infectious waste per month or hauls or treats
more than 200lbs per month. This generally applies to medical and dental offices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, surgery centers, laboratories, veterinary clinics, and pet shops.
If a business generates more than 200lbs of infectious waste each month, it must be compliant with Utah Rule R31316-2(1), which requires that every owner and operator of a health facility or a transporter of infectious waste regulated by Rule R315-316
that generates, transports, stores, treats or disposes of infectious waste must prepare and maintain on file a management plan for the waste that identifies the:
- type and estimated quantity of waste generated or handled;
- segregation, packing, and labeling procedures;
- collection, storage, and transportation procedures
- treatment or disposal methods that will be used; and
- the person responsible for the management of the infectious waste.
For further information, please contact Utah DEQ at 801-536-0200.
Transportation of Infectious Waste
All vehicles that collect or transport infectious waste within Davis County are required to be permitted by the health department with a Waste Hauler Permit. The only exception to this is for infectious waste-generating businesses who transport less than
30lbs of infectious waste that originated at their place of business. In this case, the vehicle must be inspected by the health department annually and the owner must pay an inspection fee, which is 50% of the permit fee.
Treatment of Infectious Waste
An operating permit must be acquired from the health department after facility plans and treatment methods have been reviewed.
Household or Small Quantity Infectious Waste
Though most households and businesses won’t generate enough infectious waste to be under regulation, all infectious waste should still be handled and disposed of properly.
Disposal of Household Infectious Waste
Except for sharps (see below), isolate material that has come in contact with body fluids in a plastic bag or a leak resistant rigid container. The containers of infectious waste may be placed in the regular household trash for curbside collection. Liquid
and semisolid infectious waste may be washed down the household drains into the sewer using plenty of water.
Disposal of Used Needles and Other Household Sharps
Isolate sharps in leak-proof, rigid, puncture-resistant containers such as a plastic soft drink bottle, a plastic milk bottle, or a sharps container commercially available. When the container is full, the lid should be tightly secured and taped on. The
sharps container may then be placed in the regular household trash for curbside collection.