What is Clinical Waste?
Clinical waste is the term is described as waste produced from healthcare and similar service providers such as dentists, beauty therapist or tattoo parlours that may pose a risk of infection. This can include, swabs, bandages, dressings, needles, syringes blades, or any waste that may prove hazardous to public health.
Special Clinical Waste
Any hazardous clinical waste produced in Scotland is controlled by the Special Waste Regulations 1996 and the Special Waste Amendment Regulations 2004. In Europe, wastes are defined by their European Waste Catalogue (EWC) Codes. EWC Codes are 6 digits long, with the first two digits defining the overarching category of waste, the next two defining the sub-category, and the last two defining the precise waste stream. Clinical waste comes under the “18” codes, for example: “18 01 01” corresponds to healthcare waste (18), from humans (01), that is sharp and not infectious .
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, any part of clinical waste that contains an infectious element is termed ‘Hazardous Waste’.
Non-Hazardous Clinical Waste
Clinical waste that does not pose an infection danger and that does not include other materials that might make the waste hazardous (such as cytotoxics). The regulations require that a stringent risk assessment be carried out by a qualified professional to ensure that the clinical waste is truly non-hazardous.
Offensive waste is non-hazardous but still requires special labelling, storage and disposal. It is non-infectious waste that is unpleasant and may cause offence to those coming into contact with it.
PAUL BARRETT OWNER, INK Inc.“I’ve been a customer of CheaperWaste since I opened my tattoo parlour in 2011. We have to be careful about how we dispose of our needles and any blood contaminated wipes. CheaperWaste handles all that really efficiently and provides all the documentation I need. Great service.”
Who needs Clinical waste collections?
Clinical waste isn’t just produced by hospitals. While usually associated with healthcare facilities, clinical waste is produced by many types of businesses including:
- Funeral homes
- Prisons, jails and detention centres
- Dental practices
- Beauty Therapists
- Tattoo and piercing parlours
All of these businesses will have specific waste needs and at CheaperWaste we can tailor our collections to provide the most cost-effective waste management solutions.
Clinical Waste Service
CheaperWaste has extensive experience in hazardous waste, clinical waste and offensive waste disposal, and we will always ensure that your environmental Duty of Care obligations are fulfilled. Our clinical waste removal comes in many forms, and how each type of waste is handled is clearly defined by regulations.
Choose our Clinical Waste Service and we will provide you with suitable containers for your clinical waste. We will then collect and dispose of it for you on either a call-in basis or a pre-agreed schedule of service.
Setting up an account with us is very quick and easy – it takes minutes and can all be done by telephone and email.
We can have your bin delivered within 10 working days.
Please call us now on 03301 242 535 (local rate call) if you have any questions.