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Lateral flow tests are categorised as chemical waste by The Department of Health under the European Waste Codes (EWC) 18 01 07 and 18 01 04 (Scotland EWC 20 01 99). The lateral flow devices cannot be mixed with other waste types and must be incinerated.
The personal protective equipment (PPE) used to conduct the lateral flow tests is categorised as offensive waste (England & Wales EWC 18 01 04) and should be stored separately from the lateral flow test kits in the black and yellow stripe waste stream.
With the vast majority of waste disposal and treatment centres across the UK currently at capacity due to the extra PPE waste being generated, Initial has secured additional capacity at several disposal sites, to ensure it can help to meet the anticipated demand for the disposal of used lateral flow test kits.
We also have created a selection of colour coded-waste management posters to aid correct waste segregation on your site. You can download our colour code posters here.
Our new VIRUSKILLER™ Air Purifiers kill airborne pathogens and increase the air quality of your building.
Initial Medical will support your practice with the disposal of waste contaminated or potentially contaminated with Coronavirus. This includes waste associated with the Coronavirus testing programme employed by your practice.