Homeport offers new clinical waste collection service
Homeport, a relatively young company on the UK market, has recently released a new version of its product/technology for the waste collection market, with particular applications in the collection of clinical waste. The essence of the service which the company has developed is a range of unattended delivery/collection solutions which enable businesses (or consumers) to receive deliveries or make returns 24/7,without the recipient or sender having to be present. With the Homeport delivery system the Homeport is the only permanent fixture with collections being made from secure containers using a state-of-the-art locking system. The container/containers can be permanently or temporarily attached.
The company states that its product is particularly suited to the waste management environment, offering:
Clinical waste collection trials
Homeport has been trialling its system for out-of-hours clinical waste collections in Norfolk with a number of GP surgeries and with White Rose Environmental Ltd which is a leading specialist in clinical waste management. Following several months trials at GP surgeries where White Rose makes clinical waste collections, Homeport reports that White Rose is now rolling out the system to the whole of Norfolk.
David Storry, General Manager for White Rose Mediguard, says: "We have been trialling Homeport, because we collect clinical waste from GP surgeries and were looking for a way to optimise our collections.
"Clinical waste remains the responsibility of the producer at all times, therefore using Homeport allows our customers to store clinical waste, which is potentially hazardous waste, externally and securely. With Homeport, collections can be made out of business hours, causing minimal disruption and each clinical waste collection made is logged, thus fulfilling an important legal requirement for health and safety."
Mr Storry added, "From an operations point of view we can now offer an out-of-hours collection service and move away from standard collection routes, maximising the efficiency of our fleet and reducing the amount of time vehicles are on the roads. We can offer our customers all the benefits of audit traceability." Other advantages he cited were: "with a Homeport it doesn't mean that somebody has to be there when it is collected to obtain a signature and, most importantly, the collection is not carried out in front of patients."