Healthcare Waste SIG

Healthcare Waste


The purpose of this Special Interest Group is to act as a forum for information exchange relating to healthcare waste (treatment, disposal, collection and prevention etc) from domestic, commercial and industrial sectors within the UK.


To achieve its aim the Special Interest Group will:

  • Promote debate and discussion on topical specialised issues relating to healthcare waste management and resource efficiency.
  • Identify and examine emerging technological options and best practice in healthcare waste management.
  • Identify the role of healthcare waste management and resource efficiency within Government strategies, including procurement, climate change and waste.
  • Ensure that members are kept up-to-date with emerging legislation and information from both International and the UK and Ireland, relating to healthcare waste management and resource efficiency, including environmental matters concerned with this.
  • Respond where necessary to consultation documents issued by Governments, regulators, public bodies and International bodies relating to healthcare waste management and resource efficiency.
  • Liaise with Government departments, other organisations, relevant bodies and regulators working within the healthcare waste sector.
  • Provide guidance and share information on training and education requirements for better healthcare waste management as part of a process of continuous improvement for healthcare waste professionals.
  • Provide advice and guidance on environmental matters concerning healthcare waste.
  • Co-operate with other CIWM technical and strategic groups and those within the wider industry with regard to information dissemination to avoid duplication of efforts.
  • Act as a resource of technical expertise to the Chartered Institution in relation to policy, legislation and practice on the subject of healthcare waste.

Steering Committee

The work of the Special Interest Group is co-ordinated by a steering committee that reports to the CIWM Scientific & Technical Committee.


Membership is open to anyone with an interest in healthcare waste and related sectors including students and those with "grass roots" practical experience.  CIWM membership is not a pre-requisite, although we hope that this will be a natural progression for those interested in keeping up-to-date with information and progression of their career.

Technical Publications

Community Healthcare Waste Management - Wastefrom the Home Environment

‘On behalf of the CIWM I am pleased to announce the publication of the latest guidance on the management of healthcare waste in the community.  The new guidance focuses on the key issues associated with management of waste by individuals or carers in the home environment.  It provides straightforward advice which will support consistent waste management practice and improve safety.  This guidance is being made available free of charge on the CIWM web site and is formatted to allow community care and healthcare providers to print and give to their clients.’

Wendy Rayner, Chair of the CIWM Healthcare Waste Special Interest Group

To download the PDF please click here


Managing Healthcare Type Waste from Non-Healthcare Activities 

This guidance document is aimed for those managing healthcare type wastes produced at premises that are not considered to be traditional healthcare providers, i.e. police, beauty salons, tattooist, chiropractors etc. It outlines basic legal requirements and helps the reader segregate and manage their waste effectively.  It includes, handling, packaging and collection information as well as paperwork requirements.

To download the PDF please click here

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