In a news report describing plans for a recycling plant to be established on the site of a former Dundee school there is but one interesting claim, that the site will accept clinical waste?
Of course, few if any community recycling sites will touch clinical wastes – I know of one only, and they will take offensive/sanitary waste in extremis, for those who have not yet got proper arrangements for doorstep collections.
But why is this so rare, that community recycling sites accept at least some fractions of clinical waste. The obvious solution would be for sharps, presented face to face in a sealed approved ISO standard sharps bin. This would allow staff to check that the sharps are packaged correctly, and perhaps issue replacement sharps containers as required, while ensuring sharps are not ‘dumped’ inappropriately.
This would reduce the burden to Local Authorities in occasional domiciliary clinical waste (sharps) collections, and may ease disposal for regular sharps users such as insulin-dependent diabetics.
Everyone wins. So, what’s the problem?