Westminster had 42 major hospitals and clinics within its boundaries at the time and there were no clear guidelines and no definition of who did what with clinical wastes: they just all went in the bin. We had a number of instances where refuse collectors were covered with blood because blood bags would go in the bins and when the compression plate came down it sprayed them. We had needle stick injuries and everything else. In today’s health and safety climate, you would throw your hands up in horror but in those days it was just wash yourself off and get on with it.Nobody ever complained, it was just part and parcel of the job. Mr Nick Patterson, The Development of Waste Management in the UK c.1960–c.2000.