Dangers involved in transporting hospital waste

Due to the high risk of contamination there are special arrangements for medical waste such as discarded needles, body fluid bags, and infected sanitary materials, which should be destroyed in authorised environmental centres. The problem is that Romania has few such incinerators and bandages, urinary catheters, blood test syringes, dressings and surgical gloves are sometimes discarded in the street. In spite of the fact that there are more than 500 public and private healthcare facilities in Romania, there are only 11 incinerators distributed across the regions which destroy the hazardous waste generated every day.

Instead of the 11 incinerators, at least 40 are necessary, because transporting waste may also be dangerous, as accidents may occur that may endanger people’s lives. This waste can be a real biological bomb for those in contact with it because of the potential risk of infection with HIV or hepatitis B and C viruses.

What measures can the Commission take so that every Member State has incinerators for hospital waste?