Clinical and related waste
Requirements for managing clinical waste
Clinical and related waste has been pre-classified as a ‘special waste’. This allows the EPA to set more stringent and specific requirements for the transport and management of the waste to minimise the risk to the environment and human health.
The definition of 'clinical and related waste' under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 includes clinical waste; cytotoxic waste; pharmaceutical, drug or medicine waste; and sharps waste.
Waste managers/operators who transport, store, treat or dispose of clinical and related waste should check the details of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act and the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2005 for licensing and generic requirements in relation to clinical waste.
Page last updated: 12 July 2012