The Daniels Difference


  • We provide medical waste containers designed by clinicians for clinicians! 
  • All containers sanitized through a world-leading robotic washing / decontamination process. 
  • It is our drivers and our trucks that will service your facility, no third party hauler risk
  • We are up front with our costs and transparent with our contracts 
  • Scheduling that supports your practice – you pay only for what you need
  • Eliminate disposal-related needlestick injuries with our advanced sharps safety systems 
  • Eliminate the purchase, disposal costs and landfill of one-time-use disposable containers


  • Regulated Medical Waste Services 
  • Biohazardous Sharps Services 
  • Pharmaceutical Waste Services 
  • Chemotherapy and Hazardous Waste Services 
  • Onsite and online compliance and education


Iowa Medical Waste Management | Medical & Biohazardous Waste Disposal

While Iowa’s hog population outnumbers its human counterparts, there’s more to the “Corn State” than sweeping farmland, Winnebagos, golf courses, Pufferbillys and Eskimo Pies. Tucked between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, there are plenty of things that make Iowa the best thing since sliced bread! It is said this famous phrase was coined here thanks to the frustrations of one Otto Frederick Rohwedder. Exacerbated from cramming hand-sliced pieces of bread into his toaster, he invented the first automatic bread slicer.


The landlocked state is popular for some of its unique festivities such as the National Hobo Convention in Britt. In the state’s capital Des Monies, the annual World Food Prize Award is handed out, while Decorah hosts the annual Nordic Fest. Changing its location yearly, more than 8,500 avid cyclists are selected via random lottery to participate in the RAGBRAI, the oldest and largest bike-touring event of its kind. Iowans have a penchant for BIG things; Iowa City is home to the world’s largest wooden nickel, and Strawberry Point houses the world’s biggest strawberry. The world’s longest Bullhead Fish statue watches over Crystal Lake, which is also popular for catching the real thing, and is only a few miles away from Iowa’s oldest state park – Backbone.


The “Hawkeye State” has a number of famous connections; Winterset was the birthplace of John Wayne aka The Duke, while Cedar Rapids is Ashton Kutcher’s hometown. Riverside has cult status as the future birthplace of James Tiberius Kirk and hosts the annual “Trekfest.” While Dubuque provided the backdrop to Oscar favorite “Felid of Dreams” and Madison County was where most of “The Bridges of Madison County” was filmed. Clear Lake is where “the music died,” in 1959, when the plane of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s crashed into a field. In 1982 in Des Monies a 17-year-old boy threw a bat on stage at a concert, which would spark the infamous Ozzy Osborne incident. When Ozzy realized it was real, he was raced to hospital for a rabies shot after the show.



Daniels has been established in Iowa since 2003 and has grown to become one of the most well respected service partners in the healthcare industry.  Our commitment to honest and transparent pricing, range of world-leading containment solutions, and the delivery of clinical, sustainable and safety outcomes across our solution offering to acute and non-acute healthcare facilities alike, sets Daniels apart.

Daniels’ comprehensive transport and processing network enables us to deliver competitive pricing with local service. As no two healthcare settings are the same, the Daniels approach is built on product and service customization – whether for a surgery or oncology center or a multi-site hospital, we have something for you. Daniels Health innovative solutions for medical waste include:

  • Biohazardous Sharps Disposal 
  • Regulated medical waste (red bag waste) and pathological waste 
  • Trace Chemotherapy
  • Expired RX Pharmaceuticals and the use of RX Destroyer 
  • RCRA Hazardous and the disposal of Controlled Substances 
  • Surgical Device Recovery
  • OSHA Compliance Training

All of these solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with your practice, optimizing efficiencies, reducing waste volumes and minimizing disruption to patient care. Learn more about our industry-leading product range here.



Iowa's Medical Waste Disposal Guidelines

Where there are hospitals there is biohazardous waste. The “Solid Waste Program” sets Iowa’s regulations, which operate in addition to OSHA’s. Any facility in Iowa generating any type of medical waste is required to apply for an SWA (Special Waste Authorization) permit. The SWA includes very specific details such as:

  • Volume and weight of waste

  • A chemical analysis of the waste
  • MSDS – a Material Safety Data Sheet
  • TCLP (Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure) results – if applicable

In addition to these requirements, all sharps must be blunted, granulated, shredded, incinerated or mechanically destroyed. We know there are so many factors influencing compliant medical waste disposal in Iowa, so we've made it a little easier to digest. To ensure your healthcare facility is compliant, click below:

Guide to Iowa Medical Waste


Daniels Health understands the needs of healthcare facilities in Iowa.
Contact us and see how we can help your facility better manage your medical and biohazardous waste disposal in Iowa.


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Iowa State Resources & Requirements

Iowa EPA

11201 Renner Blvd.

Lenexa, KS 66219

913 551 7003

Daniels Iowa Site 

5022 Park Avenue 

Des Moines, IA 50321

888 952 5580


Waste Classification

In Iowa, Regulated medical waste (RMW), also known as ‘biohazardous’ waste or ‘infectious medical’ waste, is the portion of the waste stream that may be contaminated by blood, body fluids or other potentially infectious materials, thus posing a significant risk of transmitting infection.

Storage Requirements

Iowa state requirements mandate:

Infectious solid waste which is generated and treated at a medical clinic, doctor’s office, nursing care facility, health care facility, dentist’s office or other similar facility may be placed with municipal solid waste and not handled in a special way if it is rendered non-pathological, does not contain free liquids, and sharps are shredded, blunted, granulated, incinerated or mechanically destroyed.

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