Concern about Medical |Hazardous Waste Dumped in Magaliesburg

The Municipality Watchdog is concerned about the Medical Waste that was dumped in

Medical Waste Magaliesburg (2)
Sharps disposed in a Cold drink bottle and not concealed in a Yellow Sharp Container. Picture:James Freeborough

Magaliesburg near Krugersdorp on the West Rand. We will request authorities to investigate this matter and impose strict penalties against the guilty parties involve.

The dumping breaks waste management laws and poses serious health risks including ground water and bore-hole contamination, and the spread of hepatitis and HIV.

Hazardous bags was also left next to the road.

A policy that was published on the Department of Water affairs website and a guideline to medical waste disposal companies.

Yellow Bags containing Medical Waste Next to (R24) heading to Magaliesburg Picture: James Freeborough
Yellow Bags containing Hazardous  content was left next to  (R24) heading to Magaliesburg Picture: James Freeborough

 

Medical Waste Magaliesburg (1)
Water contaminated  by Petrol and Diesel after an Accident –  (R24) heading to Magaliesburg Picture: James Freeborough

 

POLICY ON THE DISPOSAL OF MEDICAL WASTE

I. All medical waste must be incinerated for at least 1 second at 800 °C in an

incinerator with a valid licence in terms of the Atmospheric Pollution Prevention

Act, 1965 (Act 45 of 1965), which has available capacity.

 

II. Should there be technological options other than incineration available for the

treatment of biohazardous waste (excluding anatomical parts, radioactive waste

and chemotherapeutic waste), which will have final results with regard to impacts

to the environment and human health similar to, or better than, that of

incineration, the Department will consider motivations to use these technologies.

This implies that all infection risk/potential should be completely eliminated over

time, and the waste should no longer be recognisable as of medical origin.

 

PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR OBTAINING APPROVAL FOR THE

UTILISATION OF TECHNOLOGIES ALTERNATIVE TO INCINERATION FOR THE

HANDLING OF MEDICAL WASTE

 

1. An application must be submitted to the Department, and the application must be

supported by an extensive motivation report containing a general technical assessment

of the technology. The information required in the motivation report/general technical

assessment (GTA) must include, but is not limited to, the following:

 

1.1. A detailed description of the project life cycle (e.g. construction,

commissioning, operation etc.)

1.2. A detailed description of the proposed technology;

1.3. A product life cycle: all processes and procedures to be used in the

implementation of the proposed technology, including the following:

 

1.3.1. Types of medical waste to be treated and any methods for sorting this waste

1.3.2. The final products resulting from the proposed technology;

1.3.3. Classification of the final product according to the document Minimum

Requirements for the Handling, Classification, and Disposal of Hazardous

waste,

1.3.4. The location where the final products will be disposed of, including detail

regarding any legal obligations and constraints at that location; as well as

specific operational procedures and precautions that must be followed by the

Site Operator;

1.3.5. Sustainable evidence that the final products resulting from the proposed

technology will have effects similar to, or better than, the effects of

incineration on the environment and on human health, including reliable tests

conducted over time to determine the presence and/or persistence of the

following:

 

¨ Escherichia coli

¨ Streptococcus faecalis

¨ Proteus vulgaris

¨ Proteus sp.

 

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¨ Klebsiella aerogans

¨ Alcaligenes faecalis

¨ Micrococcus spp.

¨ Staphylococcus aureus

¨ Staphylococcus albus

¨ Pseudomonas aeruginosa

¨ Candida albicans

¨ Hepatitis B

¨ HIV

¨ HIV infected cells

 

1.3.6. A water management plan addressing all issues with regard to water quality

and quantity (including a detailed water balance),

1.3.7. A detailed mass balance,

1.3.8. If transportation of medical waste from different sources to a central point is

required, all precautions necessary to minimise the risk of spillage,

1.3.9. The impacts of the processes, procedures and final products as well as the

disposal methods on the environment and on human health; and

1.3.10. A conclusion containing a clear statement by the applicant, supported with

reliable evidence, to the effect that this alternative technology will have effects

similar to incineration on the environment and on human health.

 

2. The Department may, during the process of evaluating the application, require any

additional information from the applicant that may be necessary to reach a decision.

 

3. Should an application to use an alternative technology at a specific Waste Disposal Site

be approved by the Department, the Permit Holder of that specific site must be

approached by the successful applicant with a request to dispose of the final product

resulting from this technology at that Site.

 

4. Should the Permit Holder at that Site give his consent to the applicant, in consultation

with parties involved in his Site, that the waste resulting from the use of this technology

may be disposed on at his Site, the Permit Holder must then submit an application for a

Permit amendment to the Department, since all Permits for landfill sites exclude medical

wastes to be landfilled, unless it has been incinerated.

 

5. The Department will then consider the application for a Permit amendment, as submitted

by the Permit Holder of the Site.

 

6. Should the application for a Permit amendment be approved, the permit amendment will

then include specific conditions to control the disposal of this waste in a manner that is

acceptable to all parties.

 

7. Only after the Permit Holder has received the approved Permit amendment, may this

technology be used to handle medical waste.

For More information don’t hesitate to contact:

André Pieterse on 082 640 1051, email info@municipality-watchdog.co.za or visit www.municipality-watchdog.co.za

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