Georgia Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Biomedical waste: Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR) 391-3-4-.15

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Definitions: GRR 391-3-4-.15(2)

Applicability: GRR 391-3-4-.15(3)(a)

Exemptions: GRR 391-3-4-.15(3)(b) to (c)

Storage and containment: GRR 391-3-4-.15(4)

Transfer requirements:

Off-site treatment or disposal: GRR 391-3-4-.15(5)

Treatment: GRR 391-3-4-.15(6)

Disposal: GRR 391-3-4-.15(7)

Regulatory Agency

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Solid Waste Management Program

DNR EPD Air Protection Branch

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Georgia's biological (medical) waste management regulations address the applicability, containment, labeling, storage, transport, disposal, and treatment of biomedical waste. The state also requires biomedical waste treatment and disposal facilities to obtain solid waste permits from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Georgia has not established regulations for existing hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs) because the state has received approval of a negative declaration confirming that no applicable sources exist in the state. See the national section INCINERATION OF WASTES for more information.

Administration and enforcement. DNR's EPD administers and enforces the state's regulations for biomedical waste management and incineration in Georgia.

State Requirements


GRR 391-3-4-.15

DNR defines "biomedical waste" as including the following (GRR 391-3-4-.15(2)):

  • Pathological waste, which includes all recognizable human tissues and body parts, except teeth, that ...

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