April 25, 2005

NS Health Dept awards contract for managing biomedical waste

HALIFAX, NS-The Nova Scotia Department of Health has granted a five-year conditional contract for biomedical waste management to Medic Delivery Services, in Dartmouth. The company will provide transportation and disposal services, collecting gauze, plastics and other biomedical waste from hospitals for treatment at a new facility it plans to build in the Uniacke Industrial Park, about 20 kilometres from Sackville on Highway 101. The waste will be shredded, chemically treated and reduced by 90% before being transferred to a landfill site scheduled to open in West Hants in January, 2006. As part of the contract, the company must show that all environmental and regulatory requirements will be met. If all associated municipal, provincial and federal approvals are granted, the treatment facility will be built this fall and should be operational by December. Medic Delivery Services has been transporting the 2.3 million kilograms of biomedical waste generated annually in the province to Sydney, where it has been incinerated.

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