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As a total solution provider, we pride ourselves on delivering integrated customer solutions that minimise costs and disruptions to patient care, whilst increasing waste collection and service efficiencies. With a team of compliance experts, and a service infrastructure that supports specialised clinical waste management across the United Kingdom, we partner with our customers to deliver holistic tailored solutions for all healthcare-generated waste streams. Here are some of the wastestreams that Sharpsmart handles for British healthcare facilities...


  • <p>Anatomical Waste </p>
    <p>Anatomical waste, as a separate classification of clinical waste, requires special consideration to ensure compliance with HTM 07-01 and Environment Agency permitting requirements. Sharpsmart assists facilities by ensuring the correct: </p> <ul> <li>Segregation at source</li> <li>Storage, including refrigeration</li> <li>Transportation</li> <li>Compliant incineration in permitted facilities </li> </ul> <p>More information on managing anatomical waste can be found here - <a href="node/804">Learn More</a></p>
  • <p>Category A Waste</p>
    <p>Category A waste is a term used within HTM 07-01 to describe waste which poses a very high risk of infection and danger to human health due to the fact that it is, or is potentially contaminated with Category A Pathogens. The list of Category A Pathogens includes diseases such as:</p> <ul> <li>Ebola</li> <li>Rabies</li> <li>Monkeypox</li> </ul> <p>When identified, it is imperative that compliant procedures are followed and, including triple packaging methods, immediate transportation and high temperature incineration.</p>
  • <p>Chemical Waste</p>
    <p>Chemical waste is produced by a variety of customers, and is classified as waste which contains one or a number of chemicals. These can be both hazardous and non-hazardous in nature and come in a variety of forms such as liquids and powders.</p> <p>More information on managing chemical waste can be found here - <a href="node/806">Learn More</a>.</p>
  • <p>Clinical Waste</p>
    <p>Clinical waste is a term used to categorise waste arising from healthcare activity within the UK. This includes waste which may pose a risk of infection and is used to collectively describe a number of waste streams including offensive waste, pharmaceutical waste and sharps waste.</p> <p> HTM 07-01 prescribes the safe management of healthcare waste, and is widely used within the NHS to determine how waste should be segregated, stored, transported and disposed of.</p> <p>In addition there are a number of regulatory bodies who govern several aspects of operations for providers of clinical waste services including:</p> <ul> <li>Department of Transport (DoT)</li> <li>NHS Improvement</li> <li>Environment Agency</li> <li>Local Authorities</li> </ul> <p>More information on managing Clinical waste can be found here - <a href="node/577">Learn More</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
  • <p>Confidential Waste</p>
    <p>Confidential waste is defined as waste containing any personal information that can be used to identify individuals, including their name, address, contact numbers or any financial data. The recently introduced GDPR regulations dictate how confidential waste should be safely managed.</p> <p>Confidential waste can come in a number of formats such as:</p> <ul> <li>Paper</li> <li>Folders/archives</li> <li>Uniforms</li> <li>Media such as hard drives & USB sticks</li> <li>Patient records</li> <li>X Rays</li> </ul> <p>More information on managing confidential waste can be found here - <a href="node/1404">Learn More</a></p>
  • <p>Controlled Substances </p>
    <p>Controlled substances are drugs or substances which are controlled under both the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.</p> <p>More information on managing controlled substances can be found here - <a href="node/1408">Learn More</a></p>
  • <p>Cytotoxic Waste</p>
    <p>Cytotoxic and cytostatic drugs are used widely in healthcare settings as well as in the community in the treatment of cancers as well as other diseases. </p> <p>Cytotoxic drugs a group of medicines that contain chemicals which are toxic or mutagenic to cells, preventing their replication or growth, and so are used to treat cancer. They can also be used to treat a number of other disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Once inside the body, their action is not generally tightly targeted, and they can produce side effects both to the patients and others who become exposed. </p> <p>Cytotoxic and cytostatic substances, or items contaminated with cytotoxic material must be appropriately segregated and incinerated at temperatures much higher than clinical waste to eliminate the risk they pose to human health. </p> <p>More information on managing cytotoxic waste can be found here - <a href="node/800">Learn More</a></p>
  • <p>Dental Waste</p>
    <p>Dental waste is a term used to collectively categorise a number of waste streams produced by dentists. This can include materials which are hazardous to health and the environment such as amalgam, lead and silver nitrate.</p> <p>Dental waste can also include extracted teeth and dental sludge and requires a number of containers to safely maintain segregation as well as specialist disposal and recovery options.</p> <p>More information on managing dental waste can be found here - <a href="node/1523">Learn More</a>.</p>
  • <p>Hazardous Waste </p>
    <p>Hazardous waste is a term generally used to describe any waste which is hazardous to human or animal health, or the environment. This can include clinical waste, chemical waste and substances such as ammunition and explosive materials. </p> <p>Managing hazardous waste effectively is critical to reducing its harmful effects to health, safety and the environment. More information on managing hazardous waste can be found here - <a href="node/806">Learn More</a></p>
  • <p>Infectious Substances</p>
    <p>Infectious substances is a term used to describe anything which may pose a risk of infection to humans or animals and requires appropriate segregation and treatment via heat or chemicals to render any pathogens inert.</p> <p>Infectious substances are produced through contact with infectious patients and can include things such as swabs and dressings.</p> <p>The management of infectious waste requires special treatment as a contaminated substance containing pathogens presents an occupational, health and safety risk. Sharpsmart's unique solutions: </p> <ul> <li>minimise infection risk, </li> <li>improve waste segregation practices, and </li> <li>reduce clinical waste mass and volume by over 50%.</li> </ul>
  • <p>Laboratory Waste</p>
    <p>Laboratory waste is waste produced within a laboratory environment and can include things such as clinical waste, sharps waste and chemical waste.</p> <p>Sharpsmart provides solutions for laboratory waste to ensure segregation, accurate and complete labelling, safe storage, transport, treatment and disposal of such wastes in accordance with UK regulations. </p> <p>Our unique systems provide streamlining of laboratory waste so the management of varying types of laboratory waste including sharps, biological, cytotoxic, pharmaceutical and chemical waste can be managed in an eco-friendly, safe and cost effective way. </p> <p>More information on managing laboratory waste can be found here - <a href="node/98">Learn More</a>.</p>
  • <p>Metal Recycling Waste</p>
    <p>Metal recycling waste is waste which is produced within a healthcare facility which is high in metal content, but would normally be disposed of via the infectious waste or sharps waste route.</p> <p>This generally includes single use instruments such as scissors or forceps. Sharpsmart’s specially designed containers and training encourage the segregation of these items to enable recycling rather than incineration.</p> <p>More information on our metal recycling solutions can be found here - <a href="node/807">Learn More</a>.</p>
  • <p>Offensive Waste</p>
    <p>Offensive waste is non-infectious healthcare waste, which is deemed to be recognisable as healthcare waste. This includes items such as gloves and aprons, as well as dressings and swabs from patients who are not infectious.</p> <p>Due to this waste stream being non-hazardous it does not require the same treatment that infectious waste does, and can be disposed of via landfill or through municipal waste incinerators.</p> <p>Effective diversion of offensive waste enables healthcare facilities to compliantly reduce costs and drive sustainability outcomes.  </p> <p>More information on effective segregation and management of offensive waste can be found here - <a href="node/1522">Learn More</a>.</p> <p> </p>
  • <p>Pharmaceutical Waste </p>
    <p>Pharmaceutical waste is any waste which contains medicinal drugs that are expired, unused, contaminated damaged or no long needed. Pharmaceutical waste is generally non-hazardous by nature.</p> <p>More information on managing pharmaceutical waste can be found here - <a href="node/802">Learn More</a></p> <p> </p>
  • <p>Radioactive Waste</p>
    <p>Low level radioactive waste is produced by healthcare facilities, and can be stored until it has sufficiently decayed or can also be appropriately packaged and incinerated.</p> <p>There are strict levels which prescribe the levels of contamination that radioactive waste can present.</p> <p>More information on managing radioactive waste can be found here - <a href="node/1525">Learn More</a>.</p>
  • <p>Sharps Management Services </p>
    <p>Sharpsmart have developed Sharps Management Waste solutions to reduce risks of contamination of micro-organisms and blood borne viruses. Following over 5 years of research invested into designing and innovating the Sharpsmart system, the unique system results in: </p> <ul> <li>Significant reduction in Needlestick injuries, more than any other system on the market </li> <li>Dramatic decrease in plastic containers from landfill </li> <li>Minimising the disposal risk of sharp items used in human and animal medical applications.</li> </ul> <p>More information on managing sharps waste can be found here - <a href="node/280">Learn More</a></p>
  • <p>Total Waste Management </p>
    <p>Total Waste Management is a service provided by Sharpsmart to handle all waste streams within a healthcare facility. This is expanded beyond clinical waste to include things such as domestic and recycling waste and confidential waste.</p> <p>More information on our Total Waste Management capabilities can be found here - <a href="node/1636">Learn More</a>.</p>
  • <p>WEEE Waste</p>
    <p>Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment or WEEE waste is any item which requires specialist disposal to comply with WEEE regulations. This typically includes anything with a plug or that runs on batteries and there are a number of disposal methods which are used including the wiping of data and reuse or the stripping and recovery of materials.</p> <p>More information on managing WEEE waste can be found here - <a href="node/1524">Learn More</a>.</p>