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. Stericycle’s 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’.