Funeral Home Waste Disposal

Funeral homes generate various types of waste, including biomedical waste, hazardous waste, and general waste. While they are not healthcare facilities, funeral homes must follow the same waste management procedures since they generate medical waste.  Trust TriHaz Solutions to help ensure safety and compliance for your funeral home waste disposal.


“The Orthopaedic Center has 21 locations across Alabama and Tennessee, and TriHaz Solutions has managed our medical waste for several years. They are very responsive – “Johnny-on-the-spot” whenever I need to add a service or have a question! Before TriHaz, we had to use several vendors for our different locations, and with their bundled services, we can include secure document destruction. This is much more efficient, with one pickup and one invoice. Plus, we have no worries about compliance since our waste is being properly transported, treated, and disposed.” 

Jeremy Gaertner
Clinical Director, The Orthopaedic Center (TOC)

Why Our Funeral Home Waste Disposal Service?

Highly Qualified

Our team is highly qualified and has the experience to get the job done right. With years of experience, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you with your specific needs.

Reliability & Safety

When you work with TriHaz Solutions for your hospital funeral home waste disposal requirements you’re working with a reliable partner who can help you reduce risk for your patients.

We offer staff compliance training for your staff regarding OSHA, DOT, and HIPAA. This is important to ensure that your staff is up-to-date on the latest compliance regulations.

Funeral Home Waste Disposal Near Me

If you work at a funeral home, you know how important it is to dispose of medical waste properly. The funeral profession maintains high standards as it cares for the sanctity of human remains. Partner with a trusted medical waste services provider with the same dedication. TriHaz Solutions has a custom, smart solution for your funeral home waste disposal needs. 

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Where Does Embalming Waste Go?

Embalming waste, including bodily fluids and potentially hazardous chemicals, is typically handled according to strict environmental and health regulations. After the embalming process, the waste fluids can be disposed of into the sanitary sewer system if the funeral home is connected to such a system and if local regulations permit. This is because most modern sanitary sewage treatment facilities are equipped to handle such waste. In cases where disposal into the sewer system is not permissible or possible, alternative methods such as incineration or special hazardous waste disposal services may be utilized, adhering to local and national guidelines.

Which Waste Must Be Buried?

Waste that must be buried typically includes any materials that cannot be safely incinerated or treated through chemical means, and that pose a significant risk to public health or the environment if not isolated. In the context of mortuary science, this may include certain kinds of hazardous materials, non-incinerable items contaminated with biohazardous waste, and in some jurisdictions, anatomical waste not suitable for cremation. Regulations vary significantly by location, so local laws and guidelines dictate the specific requirements for burial of such wastes.

How Do Morticians Dispose Of Organs?

The disposal of organs after autopsies or removal during the embalming process is regulated by state and federal laws. Organs that are removed are typically considered medical waste and are disposed of according to the guidelines for such waste, which may include incineration or special biohazardous waste processing facilities. In cases where organs are removed for educational or research purposes, they are handled according to the protocols of the institution receiving the organs, including potential preservation techniques for long-term use.

Is The Brain Removed During Embalming?

The brain is not routinely removed during the standard embalming process. Embalming primarily involves the sanitation, preservation, and restoration of the body, which is achieved through the vascular system. However, in certain circumstances such as autopsies or specific preparation requirements for medical research or education, the brain may be removed. When not required for these purposes, embalming procedures are conducted with the body’s organs, including the brain, left intact.

What Do Funeral Homes Do With The Blood?

During the embalming process, blood and other bodily fluids are drained from the body and replaced with embalming fluids to preserve the remains. The removed blood is treated as biohazardous waste and is disposed of according to local regulations, which often involves release into the sanitary sewer system, provided the funeral home is equipped and authorized to do so. This method is considered safe and effective, as modern sewage treatment facilities are capable of processing and treating the waste. If direct sewer disposal is not an option, funeral homes must use alternative disposal methods such as incineration or specialized hazardous waste disposal services.

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