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Waste Management: NHS

Volume 693: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What estimate they have made of (a) the amount, and (b) the cost of disposing of clinical waste generated by National Health Service trusts in the United Kingdom by category.[HL4510]

In 2005-06, the National Health Service in England reported that it disposed of 110,875 tonnes of clinical waste at a cost of £43 million. This cost includes transport and disposal but excludes handling costs within the NHS organisation.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What guidance they have issued to National Health Service trusts on the purchase of reusable products to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.[HL4511]

A large amount of advice and information has been made available to National Health Service trusts on sustainable procurement and development through the departmental and NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency websites. However, there has been no specific guidance issued on the purchase of reusable products to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.