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Sita UK and Tradebe form clinical waste management company

Industrial waste management company Tradebe has signed a contract with resource management firm Sita UK to form a joint venture clinical waste management business.

New company Tradebe Healthcare Holdings will be the second business in the UK to provide both incineration and alternative treatment of clinical waste, according to Tradebe. It will have eight sites across England and Wales.

The firm becomes the UK’s second largest clinical waste management business after combining Sita UK’s Healthcare division and Tradebe Healthcare.

Day to day running of the company will be managed by Tradebe and will involve specialist collections and disposal services for chemically and biologically contaminated material and sharp implements, operating three high temperature incinerators and six disinfection technology facilities for standard orange bag waste.

Richard Brown, Tradebe healthcare general manager, told MRW that Tradebe has a cold disinfection technology, which shreds the clinical waste before it is passed through a disinfectant. A mechanical drying process follows, resulting in a residue of high calorific value. Tradebe also has heated disinfection technology using either hot oil or an autoclave.

Brown said: “We will be one of only two clinical waste companies in the UK to be able to offer both disposal options. We will also be able to serve customers across the whole of England and Wales.”

The other company is SRCL, which has a high temperature technology, which shreds clinical waste before it is steamed, according to Brown.

David Palmer-Jones, Sita UK chief executive officer, said: “This is a great opportunity to use the strengths of both businesses and introduce synergies at a high level. We will also offer recycling and general waste of non-clinical waste, which means we can provide customers with a total waste management solution.”

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