Minister Garrett launches biohazard waste industry code of practice

Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

The 6th edition of the Biohazard Waste Industry’s Code of Practice has been launched at Enviro 2010, Australia’s premier sustainability conference.

The Code is used in Australia and New Zealand and is the result of extensive industry consultation over the last 18 months with the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, and is supported by the Biohazard Waste Industry division (BWI) of Waste Management Association Australia.

BWI Chairman Lincoln Falconer said, “The Waste Management Association of Australia is delighted with this result. This is a positive outcome for the industry and will help standardise definitions with regard to biohazardous waste, thus reducing risk, duplication and cost to the broader clinical waste industry in Australia and New Zealand.”

The Code has been adopted by the environmental regulatory authorities in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia and the BWI will continue to work with all levels of government and industry towards its adoption in other jurisdictions.

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