Three-quarters of local authorities in England collect clinical waste from residents’ homes, a survey has found.
The Local Government Association (LGA) received responses from 121 English councils to its Clinical Waste Survey 2016, carried out in September.
Some 76% of respondents said they collected clinical waste from residents’ homes. Just over half (51%) of these had contracted out the service.
The average cost of collecting the material was £42,000, with the average disposal cost of £19,000.
Most respondents did not collect clinical waste from anywhere other than residents’ houses, but some offer services to nursing homes, clinics and doctors’ surgeries.
The report was written in the context of NHS plans, announced in January, to consolidate its waste services and issue tenders worth up to £140m.
The tenders will establish a national framework agreement for clinical waste services for general practices and pharmacies across the country.
Waste management companies will able to bid for any number of the four separate regional lots: north England; Midlands and east England; London; the south. All regional tenders are worth up to £35m for a four-year period.
The LGA says these are “likely to affect what it is willing to collect in the future, and hence also affect demand on clinical waste services provided by local authorities”.