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WASTE MANAGEMENT https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/167976/HTM_07-01_Final.pdf Safe Waste


James Lee, MD of Cromwell Polythene, shares advice on managing different waste streams safely and effectively to reduce the risk of infection for patients and staff, as well as helping to lessen environmental impact.


A wide variety of waste is generated in the provision of care services, covering healthcare and non-healthcare items such as packaging, and food. The management of healthcare waste must comply with Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe management of healthcare waste and follow COVID-19 specific guidance.


For example, waste items, including used tissues, that have been in contact with an individual with a possible or confirmed case, should be put in a plastic rubbish bag, double bagged and tied. These should be put in a secure location and collected in line with policies for handling contaminated waste.


Our healthcare range includes refuse sacks, wheeled bin liners and tiger stripe sacks for deep landfill of offensive or hygiene waste. It also includes yellow sacks certified to UN standards for incineration of hazardous waste and orange UN standard sacks for alternative treatment of infectious and potentially infectious waste at a licensed or permitted facility.


COLLECTION AND RECYCLING OF NON-


HEALTHCARE ITEMS Many non-healthcare materials can be recovered and recycled into new products at the end of their service life, reducing environmental and cost impact. Recycling starts with effective segregation of the different waste streams, such as glass, plastic, and food, to avoid contamination. Unfortunately, items can oſten end up in the incorrect bin which can render them unrecyclable.


One of our most popular products is our LowCO2t range of recycling sacks, which use minimal resources to achieve the same performance standards. This reduces the volume of plastic used and cuts carbon emissions during production and transportation. We are also the sole UK distributor of Ecopond compostable bags for the collection of food and garden waste for recycling.


Made from biodegradable resin, using starch and lactide- based derivatives of plant sources, these products are fully compliant with the European composting standard (EN13432). This requires more than 90% of the plastic mass to convert into biomass, CO2, and water, with no harmful residue. The liners are designed to stop this waste from ending up in landfill, where it decomposes and gives off methane, which contributes to climate change.


SAFE HANDLING OF WASTE


Our Wave range of personal protective equipment includes disposable gloves suitable for the safe handling of waste and


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recyclables. They are also food safe, which means they are highly effective for sanitising requirements within food contact areas.


The gloves are both latex free and powder free, helping to minimise the occurrence of skin irritation. They provide the comfort and performance attributes of latex, but at a lower cost and without the allergy issues, with which the material is oſten associated.


Options available include blue nitrile examination gloves, which have strong barrier properties and high resistance to oils, fats, and chemicals; synthetic examination gloves; and vinyl general purpose gloves.


The gloves are packed in a way that they are dispensed ‘cuff first’. This has clear hygienic advantages, helping to minimise contamination of equipment. All of the gloves are tested to BS EN 455, the standard for medical gloves for single use, in addition to a number of other EN and ISO quality management standards.


The Wave range also includes water-soluble strip laundry bags for the safe containment of soiled linen. The bags have a water-soluble seal and a tie string for securing the bags. The strip and tie parts of the bag dissolve in water allowing the contents to discharge into the wash. The bag itself is taken out with the wash and can be recycled. We also supply other forms of PPE such as disposable aprons and protective plastic sheeting for receptions and other areas of work.


www.cromwellpolythene.co.uk www.tomorrowscare.co.uk


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