Stericycle was founded as a medical waste disposal company in 1989 and became publicly traded in 1996.
The company is most well-known for the 2013 scandal in which Erin Brockovich teamed up with local Utah residents in criticizing Stericycle for polluting by burning hazardous radioactive waste at their incinerator in the state. An investigation subsequently found toxic levels of Dioxin in homes near the incinerator.
Today Stericycle serves over 540,000 clients worldwide, including 16,500 waste generators such as pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospitals, and blood banks, and 524,500 small waste generators such as pharmacies, municipalities, dental offices, medical offices, and veterinary offices.
Stericycle trades publicly on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol SRLC, is a member of the S&P 500, is #932 in the Fortune 1000, has 16,700 employees, and had $2.65 billion in revenue in 2014.