"Controlling waste is an important part of public health, whether it's hospital infectious waste or household garbage. Improperly managed waste can create conditions that may have severe adverse effects on public health, safety, and the environment. Proper storage, collection, transportation, and disposal are key elements to controlling biologic and infectious waste. Environmental health practitioners help ensure that waste controls are in place and are maintained. The potential for a disease outbreak and the threat of terrorism increases when proper controls are not in place. This section contains general information on waste issues as well as new and emerging issues in biologic and infectious waste."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/