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Legislation

Due to the sensitivity of the waste handled, the clinical waste industry is highly regulated. All clinical waste producers should be aware of the legislative requirements at all stages of the process: Collection – Transportation – Disposal.

Furthermore, a Duty of Care applies to persons who produce, import, carry, keep, treat or dispose of controlled waste and is issued in accordance with sect. 34(7) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. It states that all organisations should be completely aware of the complete disposal route of their produced waste and that waste should be transferred to registered carriers and taken to licensed transfer or disposal sites.Greenleaf Hygiene is compliant with Duty of Care obligations and all relevant legislation.

SPECIAL WASTE -Following consultations by the Scottish Executive on revised Special Waste Regulations for Scotland in 2003, the Special Waste Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 came into force on 1 July 2004. Regulations 2, 2A and 2B provide a full definition of special waste. Simply:’Special waste’ is any waste which is a hazardous waste as defined by Article 1(4) of the Hazardous Waste Directive’.

The joint Agencies guidance entitled ‘Hazardous waste – Interpretation of the definition and classification of hazardous waste’ applies to wastes that are ‘special wastes’ in Scotland. This guidance (sometimes referred to as WM2) is available on the SEPA Website¬†here. For ‘special waste’ produced in Scotland, you may only use consignment notes or codes issued by SEPA.