Medical Pathological Waste

 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 Series: Exploring Alternative Treatment and Disposal Technologies

Session 1 - Current Technology: 1-2:30pm on December 16, 2015, Building 31/ 6C Conference Room 6

Session 2 - Alternate Technologies: 9-10am, Thursday, January 28, 2016, Building 50, Room 1328/1334

Session 3 - Alternate Technologies: 9-10am, Thursday, February 25, 2016, Building 50, Room 1328/1334

Session 1 Details

We invite you to attend the MPW Series geared towards exploring alternative Medical Pathological Waste (MPW) treatment and disposal technologies. The first session will feature our current medical waste hauling and disposal provider, Curtis Bay Energy.  It will be part of a joint meeting of the Green Team Leads and the Sustainable Lab Practices Working Group.  

Hear what happens to the medical waste that is generated at NIH and what Curtis Bay is doing to dispose of it, while protecting the environment, maintaining infection control and adhering to rules and regulations.  

Address any concerns you may have and provide input on how alternative disposal options will affect the NIH.

About Curtis Bay

Curtis Bay Energy has worked successfully in areas such as waste prevention and management, energy conservation, evaluation of healthy and sustainable transportation and processing technologies, integrated comprehensive waste services, community environmental recycling initiatives, and more. Curtis Bay Energy conducts numerous education events, presented at countless conferences and seminars, and advises thousands of hospital staff, managers, and executives across North America. Through these collaborative efforts and partnerships, we continue to lead our industry by developing and implementing sustainable and responsible services.  Our goal is to be the best in our industry by providing excellent service to our clients at competitive prices; with the lowest impact to our environment.

Meet the Presenters

Ed Krisiunas - President, WNWN International

Ed Krisiunas, MT(ASCP), MPH, is a US based healthcare waste management consultant with more than 30 years' experience in the healthcare industry. He is President of WNWN International, a healthcare waste management consulting firm that has dealt with all aspects of healthcare waste management domestically and internationally. This includes assessment of treatment technologies for end users, working with technology developers to ensure their process can pass microbiological validation tests, and the development of waste management programs/strategies/plans and their implementation.

A secondary focus is infection prevention and occupational health and safety. Mr. Krisiunas has travelled to more than 50 different countries, working with organizations such as the UNGEF Medwaste Project, WHO, World Bank, and other entities to address healthcare waste management concerns. He is a member of various infection prevention organizations and is currently chair of the IFIC Special Interest Group in Safe Injection Practices and Disposal and Vice-Chair of the ISWA Healthcare Waste Working Group.

Steven Groenke - Chief Executive Officer, Curtis Bay Energy

Steven Groenke has over 20 years of experience in executive management positions and has been the Curtis Bay Energy CEO since 2009.  Steve joined Curtis Bay Energy as President in 2004.  Steve has utilized his 10 years of business development and sustainability experience with Trane Company to position Curtis Bay for responsible growth and success.  Since his involvement, Curtis Bay has transformed from a regional medical waste processing business to a leading comprehensive healthcare waste organization that provides services throughout North America.  He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and has attended multiple graduate training and business development programs.  He is a Board Member of multiple community focused initiatives including the Maryland Governor's Workforce Investment Board, a policy-making body for workforce development.


Where to Purchase MPW Boxes 

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

Purchase online and have it delivered to you 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 Jacquelyn McGauley.

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