The newest entrant in to the healthcare waste market, Medisort Ltd, completed the purchase of the Ethos Acquisitions Ltd’s plant in Littlehampton for an undisclosed sum on 28 May 2010. Ethos bought the facility from Cliniserve last year, following the Competition Commission investigation into the acquisition of Cliniserve by SRCL.

Medisort was formed in March 2009 and since then has secured planning permission for the establishment of a waste processing plant in Thurrock, long term finance for the project, a waste carriers’ licence and an application for a processing and transfer licence. The latter has required the drafting of a complete integrated management system incorporating environmental impact minimisation, quality control, health and safety, and personnel procedures.

Medisort’s website is currently showing services and prices as well as enabling potential customers to contact the sales department via e-mail. An interactive facility will be available to customers to log in with secure access to all necessary waste transport and processing information, displaying the company’s commitment to eco-friendly operation and a full auditable trail essential in the healthcare industry.

Having purchased the facility, Medisort will quickly install the second autoclave in the space originally reserved for it, doubling alternative technology capacity. Plans also exist to install high temperature treatment in the near future that will give clients a ‘one stop shop’ for all healthcare waste disposal. Research into recycling techniques will continue, with the ultimate aim of running without any onward transfer to land fill.

Cliniserve provided compliant clinical waste management & associated services to both the public and private sectors. This included the NHS’s PCT & Acute Trusts as well as independent healthcare groups where no individual waste producer was too small. Medisort promises to embody and expand this ethic, and bringing the Littlehampton staff and facility into the fold is a major development for the company. Stuart and Kevin’s aim is to carry on providing excellent service to customers, while giving the additional confidence and environmental benefits that operating their own plant brings.