Medical Equipment: Waste Disposal

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th October 2018.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many clinical waste operators there are in the UK.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Waste policy is a devolved matter and Defra only holds the information requested for England.

There are currently 155 permitted healthcare waste sites in England, run by an estimated 70 operators and subsidiaries. This includes 24 facilities which are permitted for the incineration of healthcare waste, run by 12 different operators.

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