Clinical waste consists of waste arising from healthcare activities that could pose a risk to public health or the environment unless properly disposed of.
Clinical waste must be packaged, handled and collected under controlled conditions and cannot be disposed of with other wastes. There are legally enforced regulations covering every step in the clinical waste management process.
Defined in the Controlled Waste Regulations 2012, clinical waste is waste from a healthcare activity (including veterinary healthcare) that:
(a) contains viable micro-organisms or their toxins which are known or reliably believed to cause disease in humans or other living organisms,
(b) contains or is contaminated with a medicine that contains a biologically active pharmaceutical agent, or
(c) is a sharp, or a body fluid or other biological material (including human and animal tissue) containing or contaminated with a dangerous substance,
and waste of a similar nature from a non-healthcare activity.
Clinical waste must be ‘rendered safe’ to remove the risks that it poses. SRCLs clinical waste disposal processes are fully compliant with all regulations, giving you the peace of mind that your clinical waste will always be ‘rendered safe’.
SRCL’s market leading clinical waste collection, disposal and recovery services are available nationwide, and serviced through our unrivalled network of waste facilities and fleet of specialist vehicles.
As part of our Sustainability Week at Stericycle, we caught up with our Environmental Manager, Elaine Casey to find out more about her key responsibilities and we asked her to share her top tips for working more sustainably.
In this blog instalment, Alan McIver discusses sustainability in waste management and provides an insight into some of the great work Stericycle is doing, as our first Sustainability Week draws to a close.
SRCL is much more than just a supplier to us…we have developed a strong partnership, working jointly on solving service issues and implementing innovative solutions.
Charles Joly, Environmental Waste & Sustainability Manager
Working with SRCL is a true partnership. By working together we are able to provide professional, efficient waste disposal, and ensure compliance with the latest waste legislation.
Phil Chaloner, Waste Management Co-ordinator