Information on Hospital Waste
Waste is a substance or object that is no longer part of the normal commercial cycle and therefore warrants no use anymore. It usually goes to landfill, incineration or is disposed of using alternative technologies. Waste, no matter how it is disposed of, can pollute land, air and water.
In the United Kingdom, as waste producers the NHS have a legal and moral duty to dispose of its waste properly in accordance with the ‘duty of care’ requirements imposed under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (section 34) and the Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991.
Clinical waste containers must be capable of containing the waste without spillage. If they can be re-used they must be capable of being properly cleaned and disinfected which is where our removable body and front opening waste bins are helpful. The lid of the container should be hands free and operated by foot pedal, and must close slowly and securely. This prevents the spread of infection through contact with hands and also stops bacteria getting into the air from the force of a slamming lid.
Download the Health Technical Memorandum 07-01 Safe Management of Healthcare Waste here.