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Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Waste Collection and Disposal

Nationwide Lateral Flow Device (LFD) and Covid Testing Kit Waste Disposal

If you operate a site that is currently mass testing for coronavirus, no matter the size of the facility, Biffa's LFD (Lateral Flow Devices) waste disposal service will ensure your waste is fully compliant with new regulations whilst keeping your staff, students and the public safe. 

With total UK coverage, Biffa’s national waste management network offers comprehensive support and compliance. We provide businesses, universities, schools and councils with the necessary services to dispose of Antigen Lateral Device Flow Test Kits safely and legally. At Biffa, our LFD disposal processes have been designed to be compliant and secure, ensuring that waste is disposed of correctly and responsibility.

Why is it important to dispose of LFDs safely?

UK Government Health & Social Care bodies have recently released new guidance on waste produced by sites operating ongoing COVID-19 tests. The guidance makes clear that LFD (Lateral Flow Devices) are a type of non-hazardous healthcare waste.

LFD (Lateral Flow Devices) now sit under non-hazardous EWC Codes. PPE is classified as 18 01 04, whilst Swabs and Cartridges/Devices are classified under 18 01 07 (except in Scotland where both may also be 20 01 99). This means to be legally compliant you must segregate this waste from all other waste produced at your site or facility.

Supporting this, the Environment Agency has authorised disposal of swabs, PPE and LFD cartridges at a number of specified municipal waste-to-energy incinerators under a special Regulatory Position Statement, in addition to existing clinical waste incinerators which normally dispose of healthcare waste.

If you operate a mass testing site which offers ongoing tests, LFD waste should be segregated in accordance with the relevant guidance. Biffa can support you by providing practical advice from day one, then removing and safely disposing of your waste as you need it.

How mass lateral flow test disposal works?

There is a four step process to disposing of your lateral flow device or medical waste:

  1. Containers, signage and correctly coloured bags are delivered to your site for you to fill with bagged waste
  2. Waste is removed from bin and securely transported in compliant vehicles
  3. Waste is then safely taken to one of Biffa’s authorised Transfer Stations where it is collected together in sealed containers
  4. This waste is the sent to an authorised disposal site for direct incineration

Why choose Biffa for LFD Waste Disposal?

The Covid 19 lateral flow tests have been a relatively new invention in light of the coronavirus pandemic, that being said, Biffa have had experience dealing with transporting medical waste for the past few decades. Choosing to use Biffa for your LFD waste disposal means you can be confident in knowing you have a well-known brand, with a fantastic reputation, handling your medical waste.

Choosing to use Biffa for your lateral flow device disposal is:

A simple, scalable solution for any size of organisation to support multiple sites

Quick and easy setup with Biffa COVID Response team to guide you through the process

Guaranteed to have no hidden cost - just one simple and competitive charge per collection

Fully compliant service and support with COVID-19 disposal for peace of mind

Facilitated by a licensed network of waste disposal points and transfer stations

Experts in Medical Waste Disposal

At Biffa, we are experts in a large assortment of waste management specialities and waste management techniques. This includes offering clinical waste management services to hospitals, surgeries, nursing homes, clinics, and a wide variety of other health centres including schools. As well as being able to dispose of the lateral flow testing device for Covid 19, we can also help get rid of sharps, pharmaceutical disposal, and even infectious waste. No matter what your medical waste disposal needs, Biffa are here to help.

As well as being experts in medical waste disposal, here at Biffa we are also licensed to dispose of hazardous waste. You can submit the enquiry form above today or call 0121 756 2180 to discuss any medical waste or LFD disposal needs you may have.

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