Clackamas County inks new infectious waste collection contract
Clackamas County commissioners on Oct. 7 approved a subcontract with Trilogy Medwaste, Inc. to provide infectious waste collection.
Clackamas County's Solid Waste Commission in August recommended the contract for collecting infectious waste.
Business-to-business service contracts will not involve county funds, but county code requires commissioners to approve these subcontracts to ensure the subcontractor has appropriate personnel and equipment to perform the service.
Waste Management of Oregon, Inc., the county's comprehensive recycling and garbage service provider, terminated a previous infectious waste collection subcontract with BioMed of Oregon in 2011, notifying the county it intended to partner with Trilogy in the future.Â
Also in 2011, Trilogy hired WM's district manager for infectious waste collections, Jeff Norton, who has since overseen trained personnel who use special equipment to collect and contain infectious waste in the county. Norton will continue to manage the same personnel under the new subcontract.
Trilogy will now aid WM in the collection and safe processing of "regulated medical waste," defined under Oregon law as "sharps, gauze and bandages that have been in contact with bodily fluids, containers, tubing, blood, blood products, trace chemotherapy waste, tissue, specimens generated in the course of diagnosis and medical treatment and anatomical parts that emanate from surgeries, autopsies and obstetrical and laboratory procedures."
County staff has been working with WM staff to prepare for a transition to Trilogy's services since July 6, when county staff were notified by Trilogy's National Sales Director Ron Adams that the company was seeking the partnership.
The contract was initially brought before the board on Sept. 14, but commissioners opted to table discussion on the matter until staff could provide further clarification on the contract's terms.
At a business meeting on Oct. 7, commissioners unanimously approved the contract 5-0.
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