Medical Pathological Waste (MPW)

* Please note there have been temporary changes to the waste management services on the Bethesda campus. Click here to view the full details of the changes.


Medical Pathological Waste (MPW) includes any waste with actual or perceived presence of pathogenic agents. This type of waste is generated at the NIH Bethesda campus through various animal and human studies and treatment protocols. The Division of Environmental Protection (DEP)'s Medical Pathological Waste Program collects all MPW from buildings daily. Some MPW can be decontaminated and then disposed of as general waste. MPW that cannot be disinfected is sent to an off-site medical waste incinerator for disposal. Goals for this program include minimization of medical waste through better segregation and development of effective on-site medical waste treatment systems. For more information, see the NIH Waste Disposal Guide.

MPW (or burn) boxes can be purchased online through the NIH Supply Center OR:

Visit one of the Self Service stores on the Bethesda Campus:

Building 10 Self-Service Store
located in Building 10, Room B2B41
Open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Telephone number 301-496-2051

Building 31 Self-Service Store
located in Building 31, Room B1A-47
Open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Telephone Number 301-496-4430

If you would like more information about this program, please contact Mansi Mehta or Jacquelyn McGauley.

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