SRCL, is a subsidiary of the US company, Stericycle Inc., which provides waste management services to hospitals and other facilities in the health sector. SRCL proposes to acquire a competing company, Cliniserve Limited. On 2 April 2009, the OFT announced that it would approve the deal subject to the sale of Cliniserve’s medical waste treatment plant in Littlehampton to a third party (Ethos Recycling Limited). The aim of the sale is to meet concerns about the competitiveness of medical waste treatment in the south east of England following the merger.