Q: Do I need a Medical Waste Generator Permit even if I have an EPA number?
A: YES – based upon the Medical Waste Management Act, most if not all counties in California require healthcare businesses that generate medical waste, i.e., sharps, biohazard wastes, etc., be registered with the Dept. of Health Services division of Environmental Health in the county which the practice is located. A “Medical Waste Generator Permit” which has nothing to do with the EPA permit, will be issued once the registration process is completed. Determine if a permit has been issued, if not, contact the Dept. of Health Services division of Environmental Health in your county (government pages of telephone book) and request an application packet.