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Infectious Waste Management

The term 'infectious waste disposal' covers many different types of clinical waste, from bodily fluids to used sharps disposal and swabs or pharmaceuticals. The business types that will require this service are also very varied such as dentists, doctors, hospitals, vets, funeral directors and tattooists; as all may deal with clinical hazardous waste on a daily basis.

Understanding infectious waste disposal and what it means for your business can be a lot to take in; especially when you get stuck into the detail of EWC codes, government legislation, bin / container varieties for each waste type and destruction methods of incineration, recycling or treated.

We've got years of experience in infectious waste management, from convenient hazardous waste collection through to ethical disposal, so you can rely on us to ensure that you have everything you need to be legally compliant; all at an affordable price.

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All About Infectious Waste Management

Infectious Waste (EWC 18-01-03) also referred to as clinical waste is often found in healthcare establishments such as health clinics, hospitals, doctors surgeries, residential and nursing homes, and veterinary practices. Although it often extends and is also disposed of by other non-healthcare businesses such as funeral directors and tattoo parlours.

Infectious Waste is described as being 'any waste which may be harmful to human health or the surrounding environment', and is governed a lot more closely and securely than general waste with increased legislative measures and procedures. It could be completely or partly made up of:

  • Blood or other bodily fluids
  • Human or animal tissue
  • Needles, syringes and other sharp implements
  • Swabs or dressings

Different types of Infectious waste fall under different categories, and it can often be a little confusing knowing what colour bag or receptacle you need for your business. More often than not, your business will have a mixture of hazardous waste which requires different bins and disposal methods by law.

It is important to segregate your Infectious waste under HTM 07-01 guidelines.

Since the Landfill Directive came into use, we have had to change the way we dispose of your hazardous waste in order to comply with all the correct laws and legislations.

Every type of waste, including hazardous, has an EWC code, which is a unique identifier that enables us to see exactly what your waste is, and where it needs to go.
An EWC code is printed on all clinical buckets and bags, including your hazardous waste container.

Here's the list of all 2014 EWC codes:


Sharps, but not including those included in code 18-01-03


Body parts and organs including blood bags and blood preserves (excluding those in category 18 01 03)


Wastes whose collection and disposal is subject to special requirements in order to prevent infection – Hazardous Waste


Wastes whose collection and disposal is not subject to special requirements in order to prevent infection – Offensive waste


Chemicals consisting of dangerous substances


Cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines


Medicines other than those mentioned in 18 01 08


Amalgam waste from dental care

For additional EWC Code information, please see the .GOV website.


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.

Each time you will need to supply us with your hazardous waste producer registration number. If you do not have one, you will need to register with The Environment Agency annually (unless exempt). It is vital that you have the registration number. If not, we cannot take your waste away.

If you prefer, we can do this for you!