Clinical and Sanpro Waste
Priority Waste Stream Project
UKW01 Phase 1
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
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
- 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
- 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
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.
| Waste producers (by establishment type) to be included within the|
survey if possible.
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