A new and modernized method will soon be used to dispose of NovaScotia’s biomedical waste. The Department of Health has granted a conditional contract toMedic Delivery Services Limited of Dartmouth to provide thetransportation and disposal of gauze, plastics and otherbiomedical waste, the department announced today, April 6. “This company has a proven track record in transportation ofwaste and we were extremely impressed with the detail andpreparation of its proposal,” said Barry Lampier, manager ofinfrastructure management for the Health Department. “Thecompany’s proposed method of chemically treating and thendestroying the waste was determined by the committee as the bestroute to go.” Medic Delivery Services has been transporting the province’s 2.3million kilograms of biomedical waste from metro to Sydney, whereit has been incinerated. Under the new plan, the company will collect the waste fromhospitals and treat it at a new facility it will build in theUniacke Industrial Park, about 20 kilometres from Sackville onHighway 101. The waste will be shred, chemically treated and reduced by 90 percent before being transferred to a landfill site that isscheduled to open in West Hants in January, 2006. “We have been preparing for this tender opportunity for more thanfive years,” said Peter Caldarozzi, owner of Medic DeliveryServices Limited. “We have worked hard to ensure the groundworkrequired to implement this service contract. We are confident wecan meet all regulations necessary.” As part of the five-year contract, Medic Delivery must show thatall environmental and regulatory requirements will be met. If all associated municipal, provincial and federal approvals aregranted, the treatment facility will be built this fall andshould be operational by December.