The main objective of this paper is to analyse the persent status of hospital waste management in Tehran and subsequently to draw up a policy regarding generation, collection, onsite handling, storage, proces sing, recycliong, transportation, and safe disposal of health care wastes in Tehran. Through field investigation of 133 hospitals, all steps of waste management inside and outside hospitals, are surveyed. The correlation among various effective factors related to the waste management, such as number of hospital beds, people involved in waste disposal, hospital personnel, technical sectors and volume and weight of wastes in each hospital are obtained. Finally, the present statutory and administrative regulations governing hospital waste in Iran are discussed.