Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQ List

  • Bio Systems Reusable Containers

  • What is Bio Systems?

    Bio Systems is a reusable UN-approved sharps and waste container from Stericycle.

  • What sizes do the Bio Systems containers come in?

    The Bio Systems containers are available in three sizes; 7.5ltr, 15ltr and 30.2ltr.

  • What colours do the containers come in?

    The Bio Systems reusable containers have a yellow base with a range of corresponding coloured lids. All colours available are in line with the requirements of the HTM Safe Management of Healthcare Waste, including orange, yellow, purple and blue.  Stericycle also offer a white lidded container for single use metal instruments recycling.

  • Is there a smaller sharps bin available?

    To make sure the service is cost efficient for the user, the smallest container available is a 7.5ltr. To assist and ensure the containers fit with the users current procedures, Stericycle offer a range of accessories – please see our products and accessories gallery for further details.

  • Associated costs

    It’s the responsibility of the producer of the waste to correctly describe and classify their waste. For determining whether or not waste is infectious, this usually means the healthcare practitioner is responsible.

    In practice healthcare practitioners often receive support in doing this from infection prevention practitioners and waste management professionals, who will assist hospitals and other healthcare facilities in drawing up policies and procedures in accordance with best practice guidance.

  • How much does the SRCL Sharps Management Service cost?

    Typically the Bio Systems service can save the users between 10-20% of the costs of your current sharps management system. This results from no longer purchasing and incinerating large quantities of plastic, which can reduce the incineration waste by 30%!

  • Are there any upfront costs?

    No. The installation and supply of containers is included within the contract with no upfront costs. You only pay for the containers used and collected by Stericycle.

  • Are the point-of-patient trollies free?

    The range of Bio Systems point-of-patient trollies are subject to a small monthly fee, dependent on the quantities required. This covers supply and any future maintenance or replacements required. All supporting brackets and stands are supplied free of charge as part of the Bio Systems service contract.

  • Convenience

  • What is the difference between a managed and unmanaged service?

    With a managed service Stericycle employ highly trained technicians who work full time for the waste producer managing all aspects of the service from delivering containers, collecting used containers, maintaining stock levels and equipment, through to providing on-site training.

    With an unmanaged service, the organisations own waste teams or porters undertake control of the movement of containers on site. Stericycle will then collect used containers and transport them for treatment in our facilities, before devliering them back to the waste team or porters for the cycle to begin again. Full training will be supplied by Stericycle to ensure the service runs efficiently.

  • Our process

  • What happens to the waste from the Bio Systems containers?

    The Bio Systems wash-line is located next to our waste-to-energy incinerator where the waste is treated in line with legislation. The energy and steam generated by the incineration process is then used to power the Bio Systems wash-line, creating a self-sufficient service.

  • Safe

  • How are the Bio Systems containers cleaned?

    The Bio Systems containers are cleaned and disinfected through a three stage wash process before being rigorously examined through both a visual and biological check and are then reassembled.

    The UK industry required standard for disinfection is a Log 6 reduction in pathogens.

    Stericycle’s Bio Systems wash-line has been externally tested and shown to exceed this level.

  • What is a ‘Log reduction’?

    ‘Log reduction’ stands for a 10-fold (one decimal) or 90% reduction in numbers of pathogens present.

  • Sustainable

    ‘Log reduction’ stands for a 10-fold (one decimal) or 90% reduction in numbers of pathogens present.

  • How many times can a Bio Systems container be reused?

    Each Bio Systems container can be used up to 600 times following the disinfection process. This means that each time a Bio Systems container is used, 600 single use plastic containers are prevented from being incinerated.

  • Metals Recycling

    Each Bio Systems container can be used up to 600 times following the disinfection process. This means that each time a Bio Systems container is used, 600 single use plastic containers are prevented from being incinerated.

  • What happens with our segregated single use metal instruments?

    The single use instruments are emptied out of the white lidded containers at our Bio Systems wash-line, the metals are then placed into our on-site autoclave for sterilisation, before being sent for recycling with a specialist contractor.