Novel reusable-bin clinical waste system reduces cost, waste vol, labour and risk

Today I was pleased to see publication of the award-winning 3-year study from Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAH), Australia.

As a co-author with Fiona De Sousa and Diana Martin, we examined the impact of the Clinismart System on clinical waste (CW) management and risk.

The Clinismart System (SteriHealth Ltd Melbourne Australia) significantly reduced CW: costs 31%; volume 65%; mass 53%; hospital labour 69%; and reduced infection risk and staff sharps injury risk. Waste segregation was markedly enhanced and eliminated the many issues with the previous 240L wheelie bin system.

The System comprises a linerless purpose-engineered 64 litre reusable bin, mounted on a proprietary foot-pedal mobile stand. The system also includes a dedicated transport system for internal hospital transport and another for  external road transport. The bins are regularly collected by the contractor and subjected to a 6-stage high-level sanitization process before being returned for service.

The system’s design and operation, in reducing volumes, labour, costs and risk, improved the quality of health care delivery at SAH and enabled compliance with Healthcare Waste Guidelines. The System contributed to greater sustainability in that annually, 5,000 fewer large plastic liners for the 240L wheelie bins, were eliminated from landfill.

 Click here for access to Abstract and Author copy for this study