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Medical & Solid Waste


Medical Waste Program

The Health System’s Environmental Health is responsible for the regulation of medical waste generation, transport and disposal in San Mateo County.

Medical waste consists of sharps (needles, razor blades, pipette bits), bloody materials, bandages, and any other waste contaminated with body fluids.

The Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) provides the authority to Environmental Health to issue a permit to and enforce regulations for facilities that:


Waste and Used Tire Program

Hundreds of tires are illegally dumped every year in San Mateo County. Numerous more are stockpiled at residences. Millions of dollars are spent annually to clean up tires and illegal tire dumps statewide. Your tax dollars and other recycling-based fees pay for city and county personnel to collect dumped tires and place them into the recycling stream.