Medical Waste Management has begun treating Nova Scotia’s biomedical waste at a new waste management facility in Dartmouth, having received all environmental and regulatory approvals necessary to operate the facility under a five-year contract.
The company has been able to meet the conditions set out in their original proposal and has started its service a week of what was required.
The company uses a stream sterilization method to treat the province’s 2,300 tonnes of biomedical waste. Used syringes and other contaminated products are turned into inactive waste suitable for landfill. The residue is being disposed of at the East Hants landfill until a new site in West Hants opens later this year. The remaining 110 tonnes of other waste, such as anatomical tissue and chemotherapy waste, is being processed at a facility in Ontario.