Infectious Waste Regulation - Overview

The Infectious Waste Program regulates generators and transporters of infectious waste in South Carolina as well as facilities that treat infectious waste.

In South Carolina, there are approximately 9000 registered generators of infectious waste, 30 registered transporters of infectious waste, and 2 registered treatment facilities for infectious waste.

What is Infectious Waste?

Also known as medical or biohazardous waste, infectious waste is material that was used in healthcare, research or postmortem exams. It includes:

  • Sharps - any waste that may cause a puncture or cut
  • Microbiological specimens - culture dishes, vaccines and other waste that has been exposed to human pathogenic agents
  • Blood and blood products - unabsorbed blood or blood products or absorbed blood when the absorbent is supersaturated (drips when squeezed)
  • Pathological waste - parts removed from the human body (unless preserved by a preserving agent) and certain body fluids
  • Contaminated animal waste - parts, bodies and bedding of animals exposed to human pathogens
  • Isolation waste - waste from Biosafety Level 4 agents
  • Other waste - any other waste designated as infectious or any material that has come in contact with infectious waste.


The regulations describe the registration process, explain what is considered infectious waste and what is exempted, and define treatment processes. There are three classes of generators, defined by the weight of waste generated in a calendar month:


Infectious Waste Registrations and Renewals can now be completed online using ePermitting.  Please use the link below to complete a new registration or renew an existing registration. 


If you need assistance or have questions please email


Lynne Garner, Manager, (803) 898-0493

Infectious Waste Staff, (803)-898-0239 or (803) 898-2631 or 803-898-2826 or (803) 898-0499



Bureau of Land & Waste Management Environment Infectious Diseases Land & Waste Statewide