Clinical waste firm claims special EA dispensations are threatening sector

A new entrant to the clinical waste disposal market has claimed there is a lack of incineration capacity, a concern that was first highlighted last year when a specialist waste firm collapsed.

Andusia also claims that, following the demise of Healthcare Environmental Services (HES), the government has been permitting the disposal of many clinical waste streams via “inappropriate, largely domestic disposal plants, via special dispensation”.  

The firm said this “cannot be a long-term solution” and should have only been a temporary fix, but said  the practice was still continuing. 

A recent 2019 Anenta report and HTM0701 (the government’s Health Technical Memorandum on best practice for disposal of healthcare waste) verifies that under the laws prior to the collapse of HES, the segregation and transport of clinical waste meant that it had to be meticulously sealed, stored and segregated.  

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