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Medical Waste Management


Averda is one of the world’s leading medical waste management companies, specialising in the collection, transportation, and disposal of medical waste, including infectious, pathological, sharps, chemical, cytotoxic and pharmaceutical waste. We’re a partner you can rely on and an expert you can trust.

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How does it work?

Assess & assist

We visit the point of generation to assess the specific medical waste requirements of our healthcare client, and any special risk exposure that may need to be managed.

Containers provided

We provide our clients with the necessary containers, either reusable or sacrificial, depending on their medical waste management solution.

Medical waste collection

Our hazardous waste-compliant Averda vehicles arrive at the healthcare facilities at a scheduled or pre-arranged time. Our highly-trained and polite staff collect and transport the generated medical waste to the nearest treatment facility.

Medical waste treatment

Medical waste is safely treated in either an ETD (Electro-Thermal Deactivation) facility or one of our incinerators, depending on the medical waste category. Infectious and sharps waste goes to the ETD, whereas the other waste categories are incinerated.

Disposal of medical waste

Once the medical waste has been treated and rendered safe, it is transported to Vlakfontein, the only hazardous waste landfill of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, where it is finally disposed of.

End-to-end tracking (Device icon)

We track and record the entire disposal of medical waste, from cradle to grave, via our RFID technology, True Track, ensuring safety and compliance for us and our clients.


Healthcare facilities around South Africa rely on our comprehensive medical waste management system, fully compliant with the SANS 10248 legislation, for the safe and effective handling of their healthcare risk waste. From the supply of reusable or sacrificial containers to the collection, treatment, and disposal of waste, we expertly manage the end-to-end solution, making the process simple, safe, and seamless for our healthcare clients.

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Averda not only manages the end-to-end process of medical waste management, but we help by training healthcare staff on how to segregate and handle medical waste safely.

We assist with identifying potential risks at the point of medical waste generation and conduct audits of the medical waste handling to ensure the containers are being used correctly, are properly sealed, and fulfill the SANS regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Medical waste cannot be disposed of with your general waste as medical waste has a strict set of compliance measures in place to ensure that the waste is disinfected, and where necessary, incinerated at one of our incineration facilities.

Averda South Africa has a range of containers available for the safe storage of medical waste at your business.

These storage containers are branded and have a marker stating the type of medical waste that can be stored in them.

Once the waste has passed through our disposal process, a safe destruction certificate can be issued.