Medical Waste

Labeling Solutions

Medical Waste
Medical Waste

Labeling engineered to survive years of harsh sanitization
cycling with the medical waste containers they adorn.

Labeling engineered to survive years of harsh sanitization cycling with the medical waste containers they adorn.

Labels for Medical Waste Containers

Today, engineers are faced with a variety of obstacles when designing medical material handling containers such as hazardous materials, sharps containers and medical waste bins. One of the most difficult, and crucial obstacles, is the unique challenges faced when labeling these containers that are manufactured from polyolefin thermoplastics.

Polyolefin thermoplastics, such as polypropylene and polyethylene are chosen specifically for their superior performance including puncture resistance, chemical resistance and durability during intense sanitization procedures, and long service life.

Why Other Methods Fail

However, the performance properties that make these plastics such a versatile material for reusable medical waste containers also make them problematic for common “adhesion-based” safety and warning labeling methods (pressure-sensitive adhesive, in-mold, hot stamp foil, heat transfer, silkscreen, pad printing, and more) that are both necessary and intended to be on the product for life use.

Polymer Fusion Labeling Technology For Medical Containers

Polymer Fusion Labels are engineered specifically for 100% compatibility and 100% recyclability with all polyolefin thermoplastics used in medical container applications and are uniquely suited to exceed performance standards for the environments and standards that medical plastics are subjected to.

The result is permanent labeling for Sharps Containers, Biohazard Medical Waste Containers, Cryogenic / Vaccine Support, Hospital Beds and Equipment, Medical Devices, and other durable medical containers that cannot be lifted, separated, or removed for the life-use of the product no matter the harsh environment or exposure.

Where adhesion and other labeling methods continue to fail, Polymer Fusion Labels were engineered specifically for 100% compatibility and 100% recyclability with all polyolefin thermoplastics. They have been proven to exceed performance and durability standards no matter the use or environment medical containers may be exposed to.

Polymer Fusion Labels

Polymer Fusion Labeling With BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology

Because adhesion-based labeling degrades over time, an issue further exasperated by cleaning, label edges, layers, and adhesives are left exposed where microbes continue to harbor and multiply.

Not only do damaged labels give the perception of unclean, unkept, and contaminated containers, they have a high probability of becoming points of contact for HAI’s (Healthcare Associated Infections) with patients, healthcare personnel, and biohazard waste management workers.

labels for medical containers
medical container labeling

Because Polymer Fusion Labeling fuses into polyolefin thermoplastics, there are no microbe harboring edges, layers, or adhesives that degrade or become exposed over time. Easily sterilized and fully hygienic.

Integrating BioCote® Silver Ion Antimicrobial Technology into Polymer Fusion Labeling assists in-between sanitation processes by eliminating 80% of microbes within 15 minutes of contact and over 99% within 2 hours over the entire life-span of medical polyolefin thermoplastic products.

Testing has shown BioCote® treated Polymer Fusion Labeling 99.88% effective against MRSA and 99.86% effective against E. coli.

Learn more about BioCote® HERE.

Rehrig / Stericycle Certifications

Polyfuze™ Polymer Fusion
Label Technology

Rehrig Healthcare Stericycle logo

Volvo STD 423-0015
ASTM D7932-14
ASTM D3611
ASTM D4332

The standards referenced within this specification covers the means to test and measure performance characteristics of labels for containers, particularly containers to be used in extreme distribution environments (such as biohazard waste, hazardous materials, aerospace, military, and more).


For the purposes of this specification, an extreme distribution environment is one in which the container and label can reasonably be expected to encounter exposures to deteriorating chemicals, weather, elevated/cold temperatures, and other environmental and physical elements for an extended period of time.


Performance Attributes
Performance Attributes

Performance Attributes


  • Fully compatible with low surface energy polyolefin thermoplastics (no substrates, inks, or adhesives are used).
  • Impervious to extreme environments, temperatures, chemicals, solvents, fuels, oils, and sanitation for expected life use of products.
  • Polymer fusion labels meld at a molecular level to low surface energy polyolefin thermoplastics used in medical biohazard waste applications.
  • Hygienic, flush polymer fusion finish. No topical,
    layered edges, no adhesive residues, meaning no place for microbes to harbor and thrive.
  • Can be manufactured to meet Regulatory Compliance Standards. Learn More Here
  • Can be manufactured with BioCote® Antimicrobial for long-term silver ion efficacy against microbe growth and migration.
  • Can be manufactured with customized micro-crystal taggants for anti-counterfeit / authentication purposes.
  • Barcoding capability provides track & traceability over life-use of medical biohazard waste applications.
  • Lifetime Guarantee.
  • RFID Coming Soon.


  • Labels for Sharps Containers
  • Labels for Biohazard Medical Waste Containers
  • Cryogenic / Vaccine Support
  • Labels for hospital beds
  • Labels for Medical Devices
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