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Clinical and Sanpro Waste Priority Waste Stream Project

Clinical and Sanpro Waste
Priority Waste Stream Project

UKW01 Phase 1

June 2006

Overview of Project


The objectives of this project were outlined in the research
specification provided by the Scottish and Northern Ireland Forum for
Environmental Research (SNIFFER). The research specification was
produced in association with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency
(SEPA) and the Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) in Northern
Ireland with assistance from NHSScotland.

The project was divided into two key phases:

Phase I Data
collection and baseline review for priority waste stream project for
clinical and sanpro wastes in Scotland and Northern Ireland for the

year 2003.

Phase II The
development of best practice guidance for the management of sanpro
waste, primarily focusing on the waste produced from the healthcare

This report documents the findings of Phase I of the project only.

Aim of Project

The aims of both Phase I and Phase II of the project are shown below:

Phase I (Priority Waste
Stream Project)

  • Identify the size and source of the clinical waste stream
    in Scotland and Northern Ireland, current waste management practice and
    new and emerging technologies.Where possible, data relating to sanpro
    waste and the special waste fraction of clinical waste should be
    identified and reported separately.
  • Evaluate the recovery/disposal capacity for clinical waste
    in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Phase II (Best Practice
Guidance for the Management of Sanpro Waste)

Development of strategic framework and best practice guidance with the
aim of:

  • Improving the understanding of the scale of sanpro waste
    arisings in Scotland and Northern Ireland;
  • Produce guidance to significant producers on improved
    methodologies for classifying and managing this waste stream;
  • Assess available options for the management of this waste
    taking into account economic, social and environmental considerations
    for Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Scope of Project

The project scope includes clinical and sanpro waste only. The
definitions and waste management classifications used for these wastes
can be found in section 2. The classifications and definitions used
relate to the survey year of 2003 and may differ from subsequent
classifications and definitions. Recent changes in the interpretation
of healthcare waste definitions have resulted in the vast majority of
clinical waste being classified as special (hazardous) waste. Therefore
references to special waste in this report differ to the classification
of special (hazardous) healthcare waste post 2005. Further guidance on
recent changes in classification can be found in section 2.8.

The SNIFFER research specification included the types of producers and
establishments who should be included within the survey, the type of
data required

and potential sources of data. Table 1 outlines the types of
establishments to be included within the survey.

Table 1 Waste producers
identified in SNIFFER research specification

Waste producers (by establishment
type) to be included within the survey.
  • NHS and private hospitals;
  • NHS and private care homes;
  • NHS
    health centres and clinics;
  • Private (non-NHS) medicinal centres and
  • General Practitioners (GP’s) and consulting
  • Community pharmacies
  • General Dental Practices (GDP’s) (NHS and
  • Veterinary Surgeries;
  • Offices and shopping centres;
  • Other NHS
    services, including ambulance services, blood transfusion service and
    laboratory services
Waste producers (by establishment type) to be included within the
survey if possible.
  • Scottish
  • Scottish
    research centres (health related);
  • Agricultural sector clinical
  • Funeral
  • Acupuncturists
  • Chiropodists;
  • Piercing parlours;
  • Motorway service areas;
  • Restaurants;
  • Nurseries

Copies of this report are available from the Foundation, in electronic
format on CDRom at £20.00 + VAT or hard copy at
£35.00, less 20% to FWR members.

The report is available for download from the SNIFFER Website


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