Waste firm denies body parts backlog
A DISPOSAL company facing a criminal probe over a pile-up of waste from the NHS has denied claims that human body parts were among items caught up in a backlog at its sites.
Garry Pettigrew, managing director of Healthcare Environmental Services said it was untrue that amputated limbs and other tissue were among refuse that built up at its sites.
Mr Pettigrew told the BBC that “anatomical waste” was always stored securely and prioritised for destruction. He said a “lack of incineration capacity” was behind the backlog.
Some of its contracts have now been terminated after the Environment Agency said on October 5 that the firm had been found to be in breach of permits at four of its six sites in England which deal with clinical waste and a criminal investigation has been launched.