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CLINICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT


patients with (or suspected) COVID-19 in their own homes PPE waste can be disposed through the householder’s normal non-recyclable waste collection, with a 72-hour quarantine before being placed in containment for collection. Within all this, we must not neglect the


environmental imperative that a more robust push is required to ensure no NHS waste is sent to landfill and that plastics are removed from high temperature incineration paths. This means better understanding of product life cycles is needed. Finally, work is needed to increase


competency in auditing and compliance management and also in data and record keeping to assist with analysis for future procurement options.


Ensure no NHS waste is sent to landfill.


bagging as double bagging where knots are used, which reduces the risk of infection escaping. It also limits the chance of contamination from the exterior of the original bag being passed on, protecting the safety of those involved with the collection, storage, and processing of clinical waste.


Once tied, all bags should be stored


safely in carts tagged with the correct clinical waste consignment - in line with latest guidance - ready for collection and disposal, preferably through ‘alternative treatment’ to destroy the virus or, where appropriate, via incineration. For NHS healthcare workers treating


References 1 Anenta. Waste Market Report, UK clinical waste incineration capacity, 2019. http://www.anentawaste.com/documents/ Anenta-Waste-Market-Report-UK-Clinical- Waste-Incineration-Capacity-2019.pdf.


2 UK Department of Health & Social Care. Management and disposal of healthcare waste (HTM 07-01), 2013. https://www.gov.uk/government/ publications/guidance-on-the-safe- management-of-healthcare-waste.


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