The Biohazard Waste Industry Australia & NZ (BWI) division was formed in 1994 (changing its name from ANZCWMIG in 2007) to develop and promote consistent standards for the management of biohazardous wastes based on best practice. Members of BWI include waste transporters/disposal facility operators, consultants to the healthcare sector, tertiary institutions, medical device manufacturers and other stakeholders.

If you are a clinical waste generator, you may be interested in joining BWI's Associate Health Care Group. For further information on the group’s activities, how to join the group, and fees associated with BWI membership, please contact the WMRR national office on 02 8746 5000.

The BWI division is currently undertaking a review of its Industry Code of Practice for the Management of Biohazardous Waste (including Clinical & Related Waste). The current 2014 Code, now in its 7th edition, is regarded as the key reference document across Australia by the various Departments of Health, private hospitals, and many other operators. The BWI Industry Code of Practice continues to set the benchmark for best practice and continuous improvement in the relevant settings, informing waste management plans and setting a central point of reference for generators and organisations managing biohazardous waste.

The 2019 Code of Practice will be launched soon. If you’d like to purchase the 2014 Code, please email office@wmrr.asn.au

Clinical and related waste management guidance on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
BWI has developed guidance to assist in providing direction to hospitals, aged and health care providers managing COVID-19 affected materials, and to assist those who are managing waste, both within and outside of these facilities. 

In the wake of the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), many stakeholders, including hospitals, aged and health care providers, are considering the additional measures to ensure the appropriate management of waste from patients, confirmed or suspected, infected with COVID-19.

This statement seeks to offer general guidance to stakeholders. BWI also recommends that organisations contact and work with their waste management providers if they have any specific questions or require further information. This guidance can be found here.