Sustainable and Efficient Waste Management in Aged Care

Sustainability Made Simple

At Nationwide Waste, our principles are based on waste management and minimisation for our clients across a broad range of industry verticals. We offer superior service, which in turn creates a seamless waste management experience for you and your team. 

Our team of experts is knowledgeable and flexible, allowing us to create a unique waste management strategy that takes away all the guesswork. We simplify a complex system and provide timely, efficient, and sustainable waste management services at the same time.  

Aged Care waste management can be challenging for many organisations with complex requirements across multiple sites – even Australia wide. That’s where our experienced team comes in to not only develop a tailored waste management plan but also to answer any questions you might have along the way and provide guidance and advice. 

Our account management team keeps you informed every step of the way, and our goal is to be your partner in sustainable waste management to provide ongoing support for your business – no matter what the waste requirement!  

If your business would like to arrange a consultation with one of our team, you can contact us to begin the discussion  today.  

5 STEPS TO EFFECTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT 

As your partner and waste management company, our waste management services will foster a partnership that can provide timely, reliable waste management for aged care, nursing homes, retirement homes, and other health related industries. 

Preventing waste is always the preferred option when it comes to waste management, but is not a reality of day to day operations. Businesses cannot operate without waste as a byproduct. 

There are, however, several key steps we recommend to more efficiently and effectively manage your waste. 

  1. Reduce: Look for areas within your care facility to reduce waste and gather ideas from within the business on how to reduce unnecessary waste. This could be things like:
    • Moving paper based practices to online or digitised versions, environmentally friendly packaging choices, implementing composting for food waste, creating garden areas for residents, and educating your team on using less single use products. 
  2. Reuse: Can materials be used again or by another area of the organisation? Specifically for nursing homes or aged care this might include:
    • Uniform and linen reuse programmes, staff uniform exchange, furniture restoration rather than replacement, reusable containers and packaging for meal delivery or medication distribution.  
  3. Recycle: Utilising as much waste product as possible for recycling purposes. Many aged care homes already have programmes in place but could also include:
    • Using single stream recycling bins which clearly separates waste quickly and easily, e-waste collection points for old devices or batteries, medical packaging recycling, wastewater recycling, paper shredding services, or clothing drives to donate to local charity. 
  4. Recover: In situations where recycling is impractical or not feasible, waste materials or energy can be extracted using techniques like composting or incineration. There’s a broad range of initiatives that any nursing home or aged care facility can implement, including:
    • Food waste separation and composting to recover organic matter to use in gardens, bio-medical waste management processes, secure document destruction, incineration of bio-medical waste and other waste to create heat, steam and electricity, gasification processes to convert medical waste into syngas.  
  5. Dispose: Materials that cannot be recycled, repurposed, or recovered for energy will mist likely have to be landfilled (without energy recovery) if all other options are exhausted. Of course, this approach to waste management is not less than ideal, due to the environmental damage it creates. 

The key to disposing of medical and clinical waste is to build a strong waste management strategy for your entire organisation. Employee education plays an integral part in managing and maintaining these processes. We support our clients and their team in bringing about positive change and we are dedicated to environmentally responsible and sustainable operations. Our team of dedicated waste management experts can offer advice, develop a sustainable tailored waste management plan and work with you to transform the way you manage liquid waste and other types of medical and clinical waste.  

MEDICAL WASTE COLLECTION AND MANAGEMENT IN AGED CARE 

So what is medical waste? Medical waste is defined as any solid waste produced during an animal or human’s diagnosis, treatment, or vaccination. This includes bodily parts, bodily fluid samples, blood, dirty bandages, used surgical gloves, used needles, medications, medical equipment, and radioactive materials. Since medical waste is regarded as a biohazard, it must be handled carefully to reduce any potential harm to the public’s health or the environment. This is where Nationwide can help! 

Understanding the requirements for medical waste collection, containment and disposal of medical waste is critical to any healthcare or aged care organisation. Our team will assist you in mapping out a strategy for the most effective waste management service and work with your team to ensure this is implemented. 

HOW SHOULD MEDICAL WASTE BE MANAGED?

For the identification, gathering, transportation, sterilisation, or disposal of medical waste, we provide comprehensive, tailored solutions which are unique to every client. Waste can be easily separated on-site with our range of bins and containers for medical, clinical, cytotoxic, sharps, and pharmaceutical waste that are colour coded and clearly labelled. You can rest assured that all of our bins are delivered clean, lined, and disinfected in accordance with EPA regulations and feature locking lids to prevent contents from being removed or spilt, guaranteeing medical personnel that hazardous waste is handled safely both during transit and disposal. At Nationwide we adhere to the strictest requirements and regulations for infection control and waste disposal as specified by local and national governing bodies.

In the event that the medical waste materials cannot be recycled, they are sent to our thermal destruction facility where they are treated via a controlled waste system that guarantees sustainable management practices. Waste is subjected to a temperature of more than one thousand degrees within a chamber, so that any emissions are well within Australian standards.

 

MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSAL

Following your clinical waste collection by our team, specialised treatment and disposal processes are utilised for treating medical waste.  We ensure appropriate measures are in place for collection, handling, transportation and disposal to reduce the possibility of environmental contamination and public health threats. 

The following are typical locations and processes for medical waste management:

  • Facilities for Incineration: Specialised medical waste incineration facilities receive a variety of medical waste, such as pharmaceutical, pathological, and infectious waste. These facilities reduce the waste volume and make it non-infectious by thermally destroying it through high-temperature incineration over 1000 degrees.
  • Sterilisation Facilities: Before being disposed of, some medical waste, including sharps and other lab supplies, may be sterilised to kill microorganisms. For this, autoclaves and other sterilising tools are frequently used

RESIDENT FIRST WASTE MANAGEMENT   

Nationwide Waste leads the way in reliable, expert and sustainable waste management. Specifically we cater to waste management in Aged Care (Nursing Homes), Retirement Living (Retirement Homes), and understand the complexities of healthcare waste management services. In order to ensure compliance with stringent regulatory standards, protect the health and safety of residents, staff, and visitors, and treat the vast spectrum of waste streams created, nursing homes and retirement communities need customised, long-term waste solutions.

Creating thorough waste management programmes that are tailored to the requirements of retirement homes and aged care facilities is our area of expertise. We recognise that to reduce the negative effects on the environment and stop the spread of illnesses, effective waste segregation, collection, and disposal procedures are essential. We offer specialist advice and solutions for all waste kinds, from hazardous medical waste to common waste. 

Similarly, we provide specialised waste management services to retirement living communities, which often include a mix of residential and hospital waste streams. In order to meet the special requirements of residents and staff we encourage environmental responsibility and sustainability. To reduce waste output and maximise resource recovery, we provide recycling programmes, composting efforts, and waste-to-energy options.

Our strategy is based on a dedication to cooperation and partnership. We collaborate closely with managers of retirement homes and aged care facilities to fully understand the unique waste management issues and create tailored solutions that put sustainability, efficiency, and safety first. We enable our clients to meet their waste management objectives and provide their residents with amazing care by utilising our experience and industry knowledge.

LET US SIMPLIFY YOUR WASTE MANAGEMENT TODAY

In addition to clinical and medical waste management services, we can also assist with effective strategies for commercial pest control, grease trap emptying, waste service Brisbane, waste service Sydney, bin hire, chemical waste management, recycling collections such as shrink wrap recycling and more. Whatever your waste needs, you can contact us for an obligation free quote today.