Key regulations that apply to clinical waste in the UK
24th July 2023
As a responsible waste management company, we understand the significance of complying with these regulations and are here to guide businesses in enhancing their waste protocols within their environment.
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Let’s explore the four key regulations that apply to clinical waste in the UK
- The Environment Protection Act 1990 (including Duty of Care regulations): This primary legislation governs clinical waste disposal and places a Duty of Care on all waste producers. It mandates proper waste management, including documenting waste transfers and ensuring correct handling. Compliance with The Waste Hierarchy is also required.
- The Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2012: These regulations classify household, industrial, and commercial waste as ‘controlled waste,’ subjecting them to the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
- The Hazardous Waste Directive: Providing guidance on labelling, record-keeping, monitoring, and control, this directive applies from waste production to final recovery and disposal. It strictly forbids the mixing of hazardous substances to prevent risks to the environment and human health.
- The Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations: These regulations govern the transportation of dangerous goods by rail or road. Technicians transporting dangerous waste must be ADR trained to ensure safe waste transfers.
Hazardous Waste Regulations and Specialist Waste
The Hazardous Waste Regulations and The Hazardous Waste (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2005 have replaced The Special Waste Regulations in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Wastes from clinical, medicinal, and dental sources are affected by these regulations. While the responsibility to determine if waste is special or hazardous lies with the producer, our expert consultants will assist and advise you accordingly.
Hazardous (England & Wales) or Special (Scotland) Waste Consignment Note
For every consignment of hazardous (special) waste, the appropriate paperwork is mandatory. Our team will provide all necessary documentation for your collection, including site addresses, waste descriptions, and European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes.
Hazardous Waste Quarterly Return Note
To comply with current legislation, we will furnish you with a quarterly statement detailing all transfers of hazardous waste collected and transferred from each premise. This documentation will support you during regulatory inspections.
The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 & Duty of Care (General)
Recently introduced changes to waste legislation under The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 now require businesses to apply The Waste Hierarchy. Waste Transfer Notes and Hazardous Waste Consignment Notes in England and Wales have also been amended accordingly.
Duty of Care principles emphasise documenting waste transfers and ensuring proper handling by waste carriers. It’s crucial to use contractors who can demonstrate compliance with legislation, such as our team at Affordable Waste Management.
Complying with these regulations ensures not only legal adherence but also environmentally responsible waste management for your business. Partner with us at Affordable Waste Management, and together, we will navigate the complexities of trade waste collection, removal, and disposal, providing tailored solutions for your specific needs. For a quote or more information, you can reach us through our website or call us at 0333 015 3522