What – and where – is clinical waste?
Clinical waste – otherwise known as hazardous waste – is any waste which contains properties that may be harmful to either human health or to the environment. For example, it can comprise such things as:
- Animal Tissue
- Body fluids including blood
- Human Tissue
- Needles and other sharp implements
- Pharmaceutical products
Although it could be found almost anywhere, most of it tends to be produced by places such as:
- Doctors’ and dentists’
- Health Clinics
- Residential care / Nursing homes
- Veterinary Practices
Rules and regulations
To comply with the Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: safe management of healthcare waste (HTM 07-01) guidelines, you must segregate clinical waste at its source.
Waste which must be incinerated in a permitted or licensed facility needs to be put in a yellow colour coded bin.
Waste which can be incinerated or be ‘treated’ in order to be ‘rendered safe’ in a suitable, permitted (licensed) facility – usually alternative treatment plants (ATPs) – should be put in an orange bin.
Cytotoxic and cytostatic waste which is incinerated in a suitably permitted or licensed facility must be put in a purple bin.
Offensive/hygiene waste which can be placed in landfill or disposed of via municipal incineration at a permitted or licensed facility, needs to be put in a yellow/black bin.
Anatomical waste which should be incinerated in a permitted facility, must be put in a red bin.
Domestic (municipal) waste which can be sent to landfill, incineration or other municipal waste treatment process at a suitably permitted or licensed facility, should be put in a black bin. Items which can be recycled should be removed through segregation. Clear or opaque receptacles may also be used to contain domestic waste.
Medicinal waste which should be incinerated in a suitably permitted facility must be put in a blue bin.
Amalgam waste which can be ‘recovered’ or recycled, needs to be put in a white bin.
Waste King can give you advice and guidance so that you can get the most reliable, efficient and cost-effective service when it comes to collecting and disposing of clinical/ hazardous and, indeed, any waste.
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