Clinical Waste

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th December 2018.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will estimate how much (a) anatomical and (b) cytotoxic waste the UK (i) produced in (A) 2017 and (B) 2018 and (ii) will produce in (A) 2025 and (B) 2030.

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

The table below shows the information reported to the Environment Agency by waste management operators through its waste returns system. Figures shown are for the amount of waste incinerated for each of the different types.

These data are for England only - waste management is a devolved matter and the Devolved Administrations should be contacted for figures in those nations.

The Environment Agency is not in a position to estimate arisings of the specified wastes in 2025 and 2030.

Waste type


2018 year to date

Non-infectious anatomical

160 tonnes

148 tonnes

Cytotoxic and cytostatic

1730 tonnes

1397 tonnes

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