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How to dispose of medical waste

dispose of medical waste
Published: April 2, 2020

The safe and legal disposal of medical waste is a challenge for many allied health services and businesses. Usually, larger facilities such as hospitals have this in hand, with well established systems and protocols so that all medical waste is disposed of correctly. Smaller clinics, particularly newly established private businesses in the allied health sector, must make an effort to establish procedures which suit their line of work and which meet all legal and ethical obligations. A partnership with Solo Resource Recovery will assist you in ensuring that you have disposed of all medical or biohazardous waste in an appropriate fashion.

Do not risk disposing of your medical waste through regular rubbish collection which goes to landfill. Aside from the legal issues this would create, it is also risky to your staff and customers, as well as to workers in waste processing facilities. Inappropriate disposal methods result in an increased risk of injury or disease transmission to anyone who may come into contact with the waste.

Needles or syringes are a common item which needs to be disposed of through special channels. A sharps bin is the most popular solution. These lockable bins are for needles and sharp objects only. They are designed so that someone placing an item in the bin is not at risk of being struck by a stray needle. At Solo Resource Recovery, we work with many businesses to provide sharps containers which are exchanged on a regular basis as needed. The contents are then disposed of according to all legal requirements.

We are also able to provide pathological waste collection bins, which are commonly in use at medical facilities. Many such facilities need to dispose of bandages, culture dishes, personal protective equipment, and more which may be contaminated with blood and other fluids. Medical or laboratory waste must always be treated with caution and placed in an appropriate bin to be directed to the correct waste processing facility.

Our pathological waste bins are available in a variety of capacities, suitable for the size and nature of your businesses. Most opt for a large 240 Litre capacity wheelie bin for pathological waste collection. The contents can be collected on a regular basis for efficient and ongoing management of hazardous waste.

As there are many different types of medical waste, it is best to have a chat with our helpful team at Solo Resource Recovery about the needs of your business or facility. We will be able to tailor a solution which is optimised to your requirements. We are accustomed to working with a variety of partners, both large and small, and are familiar with the medical and allied health industry’s waste disposal needs.

For further information about how Solo Resource Recovery can assist you with the safe, legal, and environmentally disposal of medical waste, simply get in touch with us. We can be reached by telephone on 1300 46 76 56. Or, if you prefer, you can get in contact online. You can reach us via the contact us form on our website, in which we will take your details and some information on your enquiry and will get back to you promptly. We are also able to assist you with other types of business waste management, including recycling, and encourage you to consider bundling your waste management services.

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