Managing waste and dealing with all the laws and regulations is a tough business. Ever since the 2005 hazardous waste regulations became law, all clinical waste disposal must be disposed of in the interest of environmental and public health. As a leading waste management provider, we offer over 20 different waste disposal options. Our clinical and healthcare waste alone is separated into eleven categories. You’ll soon see why!

Before you lose your head over what each one means. We’ve made a handy summary so you can pick the one that suits you the best.

The Different Types of Clinical Waste

    1. Acupuncture Waste

    2. Chiropodist Waste

    3. Dental Waste

    4. Hazardous Waste

    5. Hijama Waste

    6. Nursery Waste

    7. Nursing Home Waste

    8. Offensive Waste

    9. Pharmaceutical Waste

    10. Sharps Waste

    11. Tattoo Waste

Acupuncture Waste

acupuncture waste disposal

The British Acupuncture Council believes in patient safety when it comes to how every practitioner operates. The Codes of Safe practice includes many steps including how you deal with waste. But, it doesn’t end with them.

Ever since the government published the 2005 Hazardous Waste Regulations, all acupuncture therapists must dispose of any clinical sharps.  Like any medical needle, instruments used in Acupuncture therapy could pose a risk to staff and customers.

Our acupuncture waste management services cover all areas of acupuncture waste disposal, including:

  • Acupuncture needles, syringes and sharps
  • Containers and trays
  • Protective coverings and sheets
  • Sterilising agents
  • Used swabs and dressings

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Chiropodist Waste

chiropodist feet

Podiatrists need professional waste management to ensure they follow UK waste disposal laws. In your line of work as a specialised healthcare professional, you have been trained to prevent, diagnose and treat abnormal conditions. Podiatrists come into contact with just as much hazardous waste and sharps as any other medical practice.

As with the hazardous waste regulations. Needles and sharps used in podiatry practices must be disposed of with a great deal of care to prevent injury or contamination.

Our Chiropody waste disposal service covers all your needs, including but not limited to:

  • Blood and body fluids
  • Human Tissue
  • Needles and Sharps
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Swabs and dressings

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Dental Waste

dental waste

Waste materials are routinely generated during the tasks associated with oral health care. For instance, amalgam waste produced in dental surgeries must be disposed of correctly. You need to provide a duty of care that this hazardous waste is segregated from the non-hazardous waste and stored in the correctly marked, secure containers.

Managing hazardous waste takes time and money. With violations resulting in stiff fines and in some instances, incarceration.  Our dental waste service includes but is not limited to:

  • Amalgam Separators
  • Cleaners for X-ray Developer Systems
  • Lead Foil
  • Needles and Sharps
  • Sterilisers and Disinfectants

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Hazardous Waste

hazardous waste bin

This is anything that presents a substantial threat to public health, or the environment. The list of items that fall and although the most common items include:

  • Batteries
  • Human or animal tissue
  • Vehicle fluids such as antifreeze, oil and brake cleaners
  • Electronic waste such as computer monitors

With every waste collection that contains hazardous material, you’ll receive a consignment note detailing the type of waste collected, its EWC code, the quantity, components, hazard code and container type.

In this classification, there are further sub-categories that help segregate similar types of waste, like cytotoxic and cytostatic pharmaceuticals, clinical waste and sharps waste.  You’ll see them in the article and how they differ from this standard hazardous waste service.

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Hijama Waste

hijama waste

In modern times Hijama and cupping therapy have started to become a popular choice in western society as a treatment for many ailments, particularly aches and pains.

Cupping Therapy is just one of the specialised treatments that produce various waste that needs to be removed in a way that is safe and legally compliant.  You’ll need to manage your clinical wand healthcare waste just like similar professions.

Our Hijama therapy waste collection service covers all kinds of waste produced in your practices, including:

  • Dirtied couch roll and towels
  • Needles and sharps
  • Suction cups and tubes
  • Swabs and dressings
  • Used aprons and gloves

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Nursery Waste

nursery nappy waste

Disposing of nappies can be costly and troublesome. With strict regulations in place, your Nursery, Day-Care or Pre-School must be responsible and hygienic when dealing with nappy waste

As a nursery owner, your staff must end up binning a lot of used nappies each and every day. Our service is designed to be flexible and hassle-free, saving you more time to look after your children.

With fully registered and vetted technicians, you can expect a discreet and professional service aimed at easing the stress of the job.

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Nursing Home Waste

nursery home waste

We have worked with care homes across the nation for a great deal of time, safe hygiene is of the utmost importance when it comes down to this line of work. It’s all about protecting your vulnerable residents and subsequently avoiding any hefty fines.

Our nursing home waste disposal services cover the whole range of various types of waste that care homes produce every year, including:

  • Cytotoxic and cytostatic drugs
  • Incontinence pads and waste
  • Medicinal waste
  • Needles and sharps
  • Pharmaceuticals

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Offensive Waste

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Offensive Waste is defined in the Controlled Waste Regulations 2012 as being waste which is unpleasant and may cause offence to the senses. A common misconception is that offensive waste, while non-hazardous should be chucked into the general waste bin.

That is not the case.

Offensive waste includes but is not limited to:

  • Faeces – human and animal
  • Incontinence pads, catheter and stoma bags & nappies
  • Sanitary waste, nasal secretions, sputum
  • Condoms, urine, vomit and soiled human bedding

Whatever the size of offensive waste you produce, we will be able to sort it through at a flexible arrangement to suit yourself.

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Pharmaceutical Waste

pharmaceutical waste bin

To ensure public safety from out of date medicines and other controlled drugs, a waste management provider like ourselves can take care of this for you.

Depending on drug types, your pharmaceutical waste may be classified as hazardous or non-hazardous. If you’re worried about security, our bins are designed to seal shut and can be permanently sealed once they’ve been filled.

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Sharps Waste

sharps waste bin

“Sharps” is a term referring to any sharp device with points/edges that may cause punctures or cuts, from medical instruments like needles, syringes and lancets, to more domestic items like blades, scissors and broken glass/crockery/plastic. Even shards of bone and teeth are classed as sharps.

The safest way to dispose of these items is to put them into a sharps box. These bins have a specially designed lid, to make sure they are out of danger to anyone. It’s best to use an experienced contractor to carry out your waste disposal, their knowledge will be invaluable in making sure your waste is dealt with professionally and above all, safely.

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Tattoo Waste

tattoo waste

After you’ve got your studio set up and contacted the local council to get a tattoo, piercing and electrolysis licence, you should then think about how to deal with the waste you’ll generate.

Working with over 700 Tattooists nationwide, we understand the importance of staying compliant with waste disposal regulations, especially when it comes to the disposal of your sharps waste.

The offensive and hazardous waste generated by tattoo shops and parlours doesn’t just mean tattooing needles, but it can also include items like:

  • Ink caps and leftover ink
  • Leftover ointment and containers
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic protective coverings
  • Protective gloves

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As you can tell, clinical waste isn’t so easy to pinpoint as one single service. We hope that this has helped to explain the different types a bit better.

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