The Daniels Difference for Healthcare Waste Management


We don't subhaul, it's our trucks, drivers and experienced experts who will be with you every step of the way! Compliant reliable services at a frequency that suits your needs without any third party hauler risk. 


Infection Control and Safety undergird everything we do; clinically engineered medical waste containers, robotic washing and decontamination, and a clinically trained team to help you build your waste management program 


Daniels is experienced and permitted to collection, transport and treat all waste streams that originate from a patient care environment including hazardous and non-haz pharmaceuticals and trace/bulk chemo waste


Our case studies and peer reviewed studies from world-leading medical journals and hospitals prove the Daniels model. From nursing homes and surgery centers to universities and hospitals, we partner for results! 



Minnesota Medical Waste Management | Medical & Biohazardous Waste Disposal

The ‘North Star State’ or Minnesota is famous for more than just its lakes. It brought into the world Prince, the Twin Cities, and Boundary Waters. The Upper Midwest state of Minnesota is renowned for boasting thousands of lakes and is referred to as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. More precisely, there is thought to be approximately 11,842 lakes in Minnesota, as well as over 6,500 natural rivers. 


In fact, Brooklyn Park is listed as a "Tree City USA" and is home to 47 miles of trails and 67 parks! Looking to explore museums? Duluth features the United States' only all-freshwater aquarium, the Great Lakes Aquarium. In addition to its natural wonders, Minnesota is also the birthplace of some very influential and globally recognized artists. American singer/songwriter, author and artist Bob Dylan was raised in Hibbing on the Mesabi Range, west of Lake Superior. Both he and Prince regarded their Minnesota upbringings as being important catalysts for their creative pursuits. Prince is who made the Minneapolis sound famous. Bloomington in particular is responsible for a slew of NHL players and, while maybe not as musically known, St. Paul has been voted several times as the "most livable city in America."

Minnesota’s medical heritage is also steeped in history, being recognized for a number notable breakthroughs. This includes the world's first successful open-heart procedure, carried out by Dr. F. John Lewis at the University of Minnesota in 1952. While the first clinically usable pacemaker was designed by Earl Bakken while working with the cardiac surgeons at the University of Minnesota.


Minnesota's Healthcare Scene 

The crown jewel of Minnesota’s healthcare and medical facilities is the Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic is globally renowned for its excellence in delivering complex care, treating more than 1.3 million patients a year, from all over the USA and around the world. The Mayo Clinic is accompanied by several other world-class facilities, including:

With such an abundance of healthcare facilities treating millions of patients every year, it’s no wonder that Minnesota takes biohazardous and medical waste seriously. We also like to think there is one more crown jewel that hailed from Minnesota - and that is us, 'Daniels Health'! In 2003 it was the vision and foresight of Fairview Hospital that saw Daniels Health birthed in the United States. They believed with us that the current sharps containers being used in the US were simply not safe enough, and they gave us a 'whatever it takes' vote of confidence to bring the Daniels Sharpsmart container to America. We are proud to still call Fairview hospital a loyal customer today. 



Minnesota Clinical Waste Managed Locally 

By that we don't mean that we have our office in San Francisco and a phone line in Minnesota! We mean that our staff, our trucks, our clean processing and treatment facility is all situated in Shakopee, Minnesota. In Healthcare, waiting for stock or servicing of your medical waste, particularly in an outbreak, is simply not workable. Our Minnesota operations were established in 1982 and with local expertly trained staff, trucks and support, we can ensure that all contingencies are anticipated, extra sharps, pharmaceutical and medical waste containers are kept on hand, and urgent services are met. And when there's not an urgent situation to contend with, we can give you great advice on where to find the best local coffee! 


It's important to us that we're straight with how we price and what we'll deliver to our customers. We don’t guarantee a 30% saving off your current bill and then charge you a little less than your current price and a lot more than the industry standard… we simply don’t play games. Our mission is simple – to make healthcare safer. Every Daniels sharps or medical waste container we install in a healthcare facility is getting us one step further towards our goal – we’re passionate about our safety containers and the human and environmental impact they have in healthcare environments, not about the waste that goes inside them. We will do our best to give you great pricing, we will work with you to determine exactly how many pickups you will need based on the volume of waste your facility generates, we will recommend the solutions most suited to your facility’s needs, and we will guarantee that our service and our contracts will be simple and consistent.

Waste Streams we manage include: 

  • RMW / Biohazardous waste disposal 
  • Biomedical sharps 
  • Chemotherapy sharps and Trace Chemotherapy waste 
  • Non-Hazardous and Hazardous pharmaceutical waste 
  • RCRA Hazardous and Controlled Substances Disposal 

We service healthcare facilities of all sizes. Whether you are a family owned dental office, a surgical center, or a hospital, we are commited to providing exceptional service to our partners. 


Medical Waste Regulations in Minnesota


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency assumes responsibility for the disposal, treatment and transportation of biohazardous and medical waste in the Minnesota, under the Infectious Waste Management Rules and Infectious Waste Control Act. Biohazardous and medical waste state guidelines, such as those in Minnesota, are specific and the penalties for noncompliance can incur both civil and financial penalties. In Minnesota the following wastes are considered infectious: 

  • Liquid blood or regulated body fluids from humans or research animals 
  • Wastes that ill release blood or regulated body fluids when compressed 
  • Contaminated sharps from human or any animal use 
  • Live or attenuated human and zoonotic vaccines 
  • Infectious cultures and contaminated laboratory items used to manipulate those cultures 


We offer innovative solutions for the management of your sharps, pharmaceutical and biohazardous waste, to ensure compliance and give your healthcare facility peace of mind.

Let us take on the responsibility of providing you and your team the most up to date instruction in state and federal regulatory changes and individual facility requirements. Our online compliance portal delivers online training, certification and multi-user access to millions of Material Data Safety Sheets. While our clinical teams help to ensure that your sharps, pharmaceutical, hazardous and biomedical waste is correctly segregated before transportation. Non-compliance is simply not worth the risk. 



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


855 251 2655         Request a quote      



Minnesota State Resources & Requirements

Minnesota EPA

US EPA Region 5

77 W. Jackson Blvd. Mail Code R-19J

Chicago, IL 60604-3590

800 621 8431

Daniels Minnesota Site 

1087 Park Place, Ste. 150

Shakopee MN 55379

888 952 5580

Waste Classification

Infectious waste means waste originating from the diagnosis, care, or treatment of a person or animal that has been or may have been exposed to a contagious or infectious disease. Unless the materials have been rendered noninfectious by procedures approved by the state commissioner of health, infectious waste includes: All wastes originating from persons or animals placed in isolation for control and treatment of an infectious disease; Bandages, dressings, casts, catheters, tubing, and similar disposable items which have been in contact with wounds, burns, anatomical tracts, or surgical incisions and which are suspect of being or have been medically verified as infectious; All infectious anatomical waste, including human and animal parts or tissues; Infectious sharps and needles; Laboratory and pathology waste of an infectious nature; or Any other waste, as defined by the state commissioner of health, which, because of its infectious nature, requires handling and disposal in a manner prescribed for other types of infectious waste.

Storage Requirements

Minnesota state requirements mandate:

Infectious or pathological waste must be segregated from other wastes in a storage area designed to prevent the entry of vermin. Storage areas for infectious or pathological waste must be secured to deny access by unauthorized persons and must be prominently marked with the international biohazard symbol and with the words “Infectious Waste” on or adjacent to the exterior of entry doors and access gates. Interior surfaces of storage areas must be constructed of materials that are easily cleaned. Offsite storage areas must be designed to contain spills. Infectious or pathological waste must not be allowed to become putrescent during storage or at any time. Storage facility owners and operators must comply with the spill response requirements in the regulations.

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