Clinical waste is defined as any waste:
- which consists wholly or partly of human or aninmal tissue, blood or other body fluids, excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs or dressings, or syringes, needles or other sharp instruments, being waste which unless rendered safe may prove hazardous to any other person coming into contact with it;
- arising from medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical or similar practice, investigation, treatment, care teaching or research, or the collection of blood transfusion, being waste which may cause infection to any person coming into contact with it.
(The Controlled Waste Regulations 1992)
Waste likely to be produced in by a special treatments business may include syringes, tattoo needles, solid tissues and swabs and other similar materials.
For advice and guidance on the disposal of clinical waste, we recommend that you contact NHS Warrington:
Warrington Primary Care Trust, Head of Estates and Facilities
81 Dewhurst Road, Birchwood, Warrington WA3 7PG
Tel: 843600 (Ext 7721)
You may also wish to contact a clinical waste contractor, such as ALCO Waste Management in Widnes on 0151 4241689.
The discovery of fly-tipped clinical waste will almost certainly result in the prosecution of the waste producer, even if the waste was handed over to a contractor in good faith. Given the nature of the waste, it is therefore vital for waste producers to prove that they take all reasonable steps to verify the credentials of the waste collection contractor.