Q: In a business occupancy (physician medical office) can waste receptacles that are used for exam room waste paper be made of plastic, or do they have to be fire retardant? Is there a container size limitation, such as smaller than 32 gallons that needs to be adhered to?
A: Yes, they can be made of plastic. The section of the LSC that governs trash receptacles for healthcare occupancies is 19.7.5. If you carry that subsection over to the business occupancy chapter, you will find that there is no requirement for trash receptacles (39.7). Therefore, if there is no requirement, then non-fire rated plastic receptacles are OK. There are no limitations on container size, as there is in healthcare occupancy.