Contingency plans were introduced last year when Healthcare Environmental Services was no longer able to provide waste collection services to NHS Boards across Scotland. The plans are in place to ensure that there is no adverse impact on NHS Services and that public health is protected. They will continue until the new national healthcare waste management services commence in August.
Under the current contingency arrangements, 100% of orange stream healthcare waste is treated in Scotland. National Services Scotland (NSS) is working with Tradebe Healthcare National Ltd on the transition arrangements for the new contract.
It has always been necessary to transport a small volume of healthcare waste to an appropriate treatment site out with Scotland for high temperature incineration. Tradebe’s high temperature incineration facility is in Wrexham, and the healthcare waste which requires this treatment represents approximately 7% of the total healthcare waste generated by NHSScotland.
All contingency measures are in line with regulatory standards and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) continue to audit clinical waste management arrangements from NHS Boards. NSS continues to work closely with NHS Boards, contractors, SEPA and the Scottish Government to deliver robust contingency plans for the management of clinical waste.