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Offensive Waste Disposal

Offensive Waste Disposal
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Offensive Waste (EWC 18-01-04) is defined in the Controlled Waste Regulations 2012 as being waste which is unpleasant and may cause offence to the senses. Offensive waste is non-infectious, but only a few specific waste types are suitable to be placed into an offensive waste sack without strict and carefully documented procedures being put in place beforehand.

Offensive Waste can consist of:

  • Nappy waste and incontinence pads
  • Sanitary hygiene waste
  • Protective garments and outer dressings that are not contaminated with bodily fluids. I.E: gloves, gowns and masks.
  • Offensive waste is taken from your premises by a fully certified waste carrier and incinerated or sent to a non-hazardous landfill site.

Our Bins

Our most popular bin is the 50 litre indoor bin, with the yellow tiger stripe bag. When these bags are full, they can be transferred to a specific and offensive waste specific wheelie bin outside your premises. This allows for us to empty the wheelie bin on a schedule, regardless of the amount of bags inside and works out to be the most cost effective way for you to manage your offensive waste, instead of a specific per bag rate.

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.

As a producer of waste, you are obliged to ensure the safe housing, removal and disposal of your waste.

The only way to do this is to use a reputable waste collection company, and posess duty of care certification.

At Direct365, we give you all the paperwork you'll need, including duty of care certification so you can prove you've had your waste disposed of properly.

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