QC requires hospitals, clinics to avail services of DENR-accredited hazardous waste haulers

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The Quezon City government will now require hospitals, clinics, and medical waste generators to avail of the services of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-accredited medical and hazardous waste haulers and treaters.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista approved City Ordinance 2592-2017, introduced by Councilor Eufemio Lagumbay, which aims to monitor and regulate the disposal of waste from hospitals and clinics for the safety and protection of the public.

Health care waste can be classified as pathological, infectious, pharmaceutical, radioactive, genotoxic, chemical wastes, or as sharp object.

According to the ordinance, hospitals, clinics, and health care waste generators in the city must secure an environmental clearance from the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD), and should enter into a Service Agreement with a DENR-accredited hazardous and waste hauler.

They will also be required to submit the Transporter Registration Certificate of the Hauler and Permit to Transport, both of the Hauler, issued by the DENR. Other similar establishments with minimal hazardous wastes should partner with big hospitals.

Failure to register with the EPWMD will be a ground for revocation of the Sanitary and Business Permit issued by the City Health Department (CHD) and Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO).

Any establishment who will violate the ordinance shall be penalized by a fine of P2,000 for first offense, P5,000 for the second. After which the revocation of Sanitary and Business Permits shall ensue until the establishment complies.