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GPs could be taken to court if they breach rules on hazard-ous waste being imposed later this month.

As of July 16 the Environment Agency requires organisations that produce more than 200kg of hazardous waste per year to register as waste producers.

Practices will have to pay between £18 and £28 to register with the agency, which will use the information to track hazardous products.

Practices will also be required to inform hazardous waste carriers that they are registered, otherwise carriers are not legally obliged to handle the material.

An Environment Agency spokesman said that practices could face prosecution and that magistrates could impose hefty fines for breaches of the rules.

But he admitted there would be a 'sensible approach' if practices were caught out by unexpectedly producing over the 200kg limit.

What qualifies as

hazardous clinical


·Sharps, body parts and organs, including blood bags and blood preserves (except wastes whose collection and disposal is subject to special requirements in order to prevent infection)

·Dressings, plaster casts, linen, disposable clothing, nappies (wastes whose collection and disposal is not subject to special requirements in order to prevent infection)

·Chemicals consisting of, or containing, dangerous substances and other chemicals

·Cytotoxic and cytostatic medicine and other medicines

·Amalgam waste from dental care

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