Deal is first international contract to be confirmed by the company for clinical waste and should help relieve pressure on the UK’s market
Waste management firm Andusia has signed a contract to ship about 1,000 tonnes of clinical waste from the UK to Denmark.
The deal, which was confirmed today, was announced by Andusia Hazchem Treatment, which was launched this time last year.
The waste, which will be turned into heat in Denmark, will be sourced from “two UK clinical waste producers”, which Andusia does not name.
No financial terms for the deal have been released, but Andusia did state the deal is with Special Waste System (SWS) in Denmark.
SWS is a high-temperature waste treatment plant, based in North Falster, Denmark, which can process about 6,000 tonnes a year of hazardous waste. The plant also provides district heating to the local area in Nørre Alslev city.
According to Andusia, SWS was formed to handle infectious clinical waste from hospitals, clinics and veterinarians. Since then, the company has evolved to handle and dispose of most types of hazardous waste, including PCBs and medicines.
The UK’s clinical waste market has been turbulent since one of the bigger firms in the sector, Healthcare Environmental Services (HES), ran into trouble.
HES hit problems last year and collapsed, shining a light on a lack of hazardous waste treatment capacity, especially from the medical sector, in the UK.
Andusia has previously said it has a deal to be the sole supplier to an energy-from-waste in Malvern Worcestershire, which will take clinical waste.
The new statement confirms the deal is on track to start from next January.