CLINICAL WASTE DISPOSAL
What is clinical waste? Sometimes referred to as ‘medical waste’, and ‘clinical or related waste’ depending on where you are located, clinical waste is a term which means “waste that has the potential to cause disease” and constitutes:
- human tissue waste
- discarded sharps
- laboratory waste and or is contaminated with chemicals
- cytotoxic drugs
- human body parts
- pharmaceutical products or radioactive substances”.
The handling and disposal of clinical waste can bring about complex regulatory, safety, and environmental issues. Ace Waste not only provides clinical waste disposal that is in line with QLD and VIC licencing requirements and codes of practice, but the process itself creates minimal impact on the environment.
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When dealing with clinical waste disposal (also known as medical waste disposal), you will require specialised and professional services in waste management — including collection. Ace Waste’s high-temperature incineration facilities are the environmentally sound disposal option. We meet stringent standards for clinical waste streams.
Owning and operating the two largest incineration plants in Australia, Ace Waste utilises the most specialised and advanced technology in waste management services. This applies in dealing with the collection, disposal, and total destruction of clinical waste.
Looking at it more in-depth, clinical waste disposal deals with the following:
- waste produced by medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, laboratory, pharmaceutical, podiatry, tattooing, body piercing, brothels, emergency services
- blood banks
- mortuaries and other similar practices, and
- wastes generated in healthcare facilities or other facilities during the investigation or treatment of patients or research projects.
As a type of biomedical/biohazardous waste, the categorisation of sharps waste is a distinction under the umbrella term clinical and related waste; referring to any device or object used to puncture or lacerate the skin. It is possible for this type of waste to spread harmful blood-borne pathogens (should contaminated sharps pierce the skin). The safe use and disposal of sharps requires sharps disposal training and sharps container disposal using specialised medical sharps disposal services, like what is provided at Ace Waste.
The types of medical materials that are commonly treated as sharps waste include needles, scalpels/blades and anything attached to them (such as syringes and injection devices). Glass items and sharp plastics that have been contaminated with biohazardous materials also fall into this category, as do many types of cutting implements used in a medical setting, such as razors or scissors.
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The pharmaceutical waste stream deals with drugs/medicines, vaccines, remedies of other pharmaceutical products (other than scheduled and dangerous goods). These items (and their by-products) may have expired, may no longer be required, or may have been recalled/overrun. This also includes the raw material generated during manufacture and any residual, spilt or broken materials of a pharmaceutical nature.
Examples of pharmaceutical waste include vials and containers (full, partly empty or used), prescription medications (capsule or tablet), controlled drugs, ampoules, needles, connecting tubing and general pharmaceutical products.
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This type of waste refers to any material contaminated with residues or preparations that are toxic to cells. This type of waste is generally produced by medical and related industries. The harmful nature of these materials means that suitable and stringent safety precautions related to handling, storage, segregation, transport and disposal must be adhered to at all times.
Legally, cytotoxic waste must be incinerated by a licensed authority and all parties who come into contact with the material should be monitored regularly for compliance.
Amounts of (or traces of) cytotoxic waste are typically found in (but are not limited to):
- Sharps (needles/syringes)
- Urine and faeces
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Sanitary waste doesn’t just include hygiene products like used sanitary napkins and diapers. Waste that falls under this category also can relate to bandages, plasters, catheters and even hospital gowns. Plus, any other materials contaminated with blood and/or other types of bodily fluids and solids.
Forms of sanitary waste commonly include human and animal produced waste, incontinence pads, nappies, condoms, catheter and stoma bags, soiled bedding from a non-infection source and nasal secretions.
Ace Waste provides innovative solutions for your clinical disposal needs
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Complete destruction of pathogens
Ace Waste guarantees that all microorganisms and pathogens, present in any form of waste, will be completely destroyed by our high tech incineration process. Your regulatory compliance is assured and you make a wise decision for the environment.
Waste audit & MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
Getting the classification of waste correct can save you a lot of money in avoiding hefty penalties that come with infringements. Talk to us to help correctly identify what counts for clinical waste disposal. As well as opportunities to change practice and improve the quality of waste management outcomes; i.e. reduce costs, achieve compliance and enhance sustainability.
Benefits of clinical waste incineration
High-temperature thermal incineration, of clinical waste, leaves no trace, residue or waste otherwise headed for the landfill. Our low emission technology surpasses EPA environmental standards and produces 24 times less greenhouse gas emissions than treatment landfill operations.
A clean & ecologically sustainable alternative
Efficient clinical waste disposal is a cornerstone of sustainable and ecologically-renewable business practice.
High-temperature incineration converts biomedical waste into renewable energy sources. Rather than becoming problematic as landfill, the clinical waste is converted into a valuable and highly usable commodity in its new format as clean energy.
Using our patented Ace Waste Live ™ Tracking System, you can track the transfer and disposal process of your waste in real-time. Know where and how your waste is being disposed of to give you more control over your business systems and reporting. It’s a far superior way of managing your waste.
Industries we work with for Clinical Waste Disposal
Doctor and GP Practices
Hospitality & Retail
Frequently Asked Questions
Still have some queries? See if we can help answer some of them.
How does your service work?
Our service process is quite simple: we supply the waste containers and collect them as per the agreed schedule. We will then dispose of them in our incineration facility, where all waste will be completely destroyed.
Can I bring clinical waste to your facility for disposal?
Ace Waste currently provides a full clinical waste collection and disposal service for our clients. If you would like to discuss options regarding the disposal of waste please contact our team at your nearest facility to discuss.
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Can I use my own bin?
Ace Waste will supply any necessary bins and containers for the safe disposal and collection of the clinical waste.
Please also see our list of available Clinical waste disposal services.
Does the Ace Waste driver decant the waste from the bin?
Ace Waste provides an exchange service for all waste containers. In this process, all supplied waste containers are brought back to our facility for weighing, emptying and disposal of the waste material. The containers are then cleaned prior to being returned.
Please see our list of available Waste disposal services.
Do I need an account?
Ace Waste offers pay in advance/cash sale options for everything except ongoing services relating to Ace’s assets. Talk to our team and we can find a flexible solution for you.
Can I dispose of Sharps Containers purchased elsewhere?
Yes, all sharps containers can be collected and disposed of by Ace Waste. Sharps containers can also be placed into Ace Waste supplied Clinical Waste bin to ensure the safe collection, transport and disposal of the waste.
Ace Waste can also supply new containers at the time of service. Please see our list of available Products.
Is there a minimum contract?
There are no minimum contracts when it comes to working with Ace Waste.
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Can I pay using a credit card?
Ace Waste provides the ability to pay using credit card. Please contact our team to assist with your payment. Unfortunately, we do not accept American Express cards (AMEX).
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