In 2016, Averda, a waste management company, established its South African operation through a number of acquisitions. It offers fully integrated waste management, from on-site solutions to landfill management and disposal.
It is headquartered in Dubai, with regional operations situated in Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg and Casablanca. It operates in 13 countries on three continents.
Averda South Africa offers a range of services within a number of portfolios – general and hazardous waste collection, onsite waste management, specialised industrial cleaning, pipe inspection and analysis, landfill management and healthcare waste management. The Averda Healthcare Waste Solutions partners with healthcare professionals in their eﬀorts to deliver superior care. Heidi Ford, Averda’s National OPS and Compliance Manager – Healthcare, gives insight into Averda’s entry into the South African market.
In selecting a competent healthcare waste service provider, clients need to consider their specific needs and both present and future requirements, which may grow from a small, entry-level service offering to a total holistic and integrated waste solution.
Compliance is key
All individuals exposed to hazardous healthcare waste are potentially at risk of being injured or infected. They include medical staff, nurses, hospital maintenance personnel, patients as well as their visitors, employees in a support services role, employees in waste disposal facilities. The general public can also be affected, more specifically children or “tip-pickers” who come across items in the waste outside healthcare facilities when it is directly accessible to them.
Compliance with the basic principles of segregation at source, into the correct containers, and transport to the correct, licensed/ permitted destruction facilities is paramount.
Tackling challenges head on
Despite the Waste Act and various regulations and standards already in place, there are still numerous draft legislations in the process of being finalised, and regulations differ in some cases from province to province, which causes confusion. However, possibly the biggest challenge is the lack of awareness of health hazards of medical waste, and the insufficient funding that departments in facilities choose to spend on waste management.
Averda offers various technologies to ensure cost-effective management, and a range of options that can be tailor made to suit budgets, plus short- and long-term needs.
Segregation of waste at source through training is paramount, and waste minimisation, re-use and recycling are critical. Averda’s total waste management service ensures that the environmental impact is minimised. In order to manage and minimise the amount of waste that is transported, treated, and landfilled, Averda can introduce on-site management teams.
Each facility is assessed independently and specific needs are taken into consideration. The teams work in conjunction with the hospitals teams, removing the pressure from other sectors not focused on waste management.
For more information, go to http://averda.co.za