February 7, 2005

Proponents sought for new NS biomedical waste disposal system

HALIFAX, NS-Nova Scotia's Department of Health is looking for a new way to dispose of the province's biomedical waste and has invited contractors to submit proposals on the best and safest way to proceed. "We will look at all options that come through the tendering process," said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. "I'm confident we will find a solution that is best for Nova Scotia and that will meet all environmental standards." The deadline for the department's call for expressions of interest is February 17, 2005. Nova Scotia currently generates about two million kilograms per year of biomedical waste, most of which is plastic. The waste is transported to an incinerator at Cape Breton for destruction. The existing contract for services expires at the end of the year. Once the responses are received, a selection committee will decide on a short list of potential candidates. The successful proposal will have to undergo a comprehensive environmental assessment by the Department of Environment and Labour. More information is available from Sherri Aikenhead at the Department of Health, 902/424-5025, E-mail aikenhsl@gov.ns.ca

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