Medical waste consists of discarded biological products removed from health care facilities. The 1988 Medical Waste Tracking Act defines medical waste as the waste material generated during medical research, testing, diagnosis, immunization, or treatment of either human beings or animals. Disposal of medical waste is a major challenge faced by health care providers. Medical waste is composed of contaminated blood, body fluids, body parts, infectious sharps, or other potentially hazardous biological material. Medical waste containers are used by waste generators to collect waste that is generated by health care facilities. They are available in different designs depending upon the type of waste that is to be collected. Containers are defined by specific colors and labels to make them distinguishable from others.
Improved government participation in designing stringent regulatory acts aimed at proper disposal of medical waste across the globe is one of the major factor for the estimated expansion of the Medical Waste Containers Market during the forecast period. However, low awareness about specificity of medical waste disposal containers is expected to restrain the medical waste containers market in the coming years.
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The global medical waste containers market has been segmented based on product, waste, usage, medical waste generators, and region. Based on product, the global medical waste containers market has been classified into chemotherapy containers, radioactive containers, pharmaceutical containers, sharps containers, RCRA containers, and biohazard medical waste containers. The sharps containers segment has been further divided into patient room sharps containers, phlebotomy containers, and multipurpose sharps containers. In 2017, the pharmaceutical containers segment accounted for a significant market share and is expected to remain dominant during the forecast period. The significant expansion of this segment is attributable to the rise in number of health care facilities across the globe and improved regulations of the government regarding safe disposal of pharmaceutical waste. The RCRA containers segment is expected to expand at a sluggish pace between 2018 and 2026, owing to the lack of awareness about specificity of medical waste containers for specific type of wastes in emerging countries.
In terms of waste, the global medical waste market has been categorized into infectious & pathological waste, non-infectious waste, radioactive waste, sharps waste, and pharmaceutical waste. The non-infectious waste segment accounted for significant revenue and market value share in 2017, owing to the emergence of numerous manufacturers of medical waste containers for the non-infectious waste category. The segment is expected to remain dominant during the forecast period, due to rise in awareness among the health care providers, who are aiming to avoid cross contamination and infections, regarding disposal of medical waste.
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In terms of medical waste generator, the global medical waste containers market has been segmented into hospitals, clinics & physicians’ offices, pharmaceutical companies, long-term care & urgent care centers, pharmacies, and others. Large quantity of medical waste being generated by multispecialty hospitals and rise in number of hospitals in developing countries are major factors responsible for the estimated rapid expansion of the hospitals segment in the coming years.
The long-term care & urgent care centers segment is likely to expand at a slower pace during the forecast period, owing to the lack of well-equipped long-term care & urgent care centers in developing regions. Based on usage, the global medical waste containers market has been classified into reusable containers and disposable containers. Reusable containers accounted for a dominant market share in terms of revenue in 2017, which is attributable to the rise in sharps and hazardous waste in small and medium quantity waste generators and increased surgical procedures across the globe.