To you, the producer of the sharps waste, the different bin colours and EWC code 18-01-01 indicates what type of waste goes into which bin. To us, the waste collector, these bin colours and EWC codes tell us exactly where the waste should go and how it should be disposed of.
Sharps Bins with an Orange Lid are for waste items that only contain blood, with no medical or pharmaceutical products or residue contaminant such as a used syringe which has taken a blood sample. Orange sharps bins can also be used for sharp instruments with no contaminant on them at all, but are in need of disposal, such as an unwrapped needle or scalpel.
Sharps Bins with a Yellow Lid are designed for waste that contains medical residue such as medically contaminated needles, syringes or bodies (including ones that are fully discharged).
Sharps Bins with a Purple Lid are for cytotoxic or cytostatic waste which refers to medicines (or active agents) which are used to treat cancer, immunosuppressants, anti-virals, or hormone based.
Sharps Bin Sizes
All of ours bins can come in a variety of sizes to suit the amount of waste you produce:
- 1 Litre
- 3.75 Litres
- 4 Litres
- 5 Litres
- 7 Litres
- 11.5 Litres
- 22 Litres