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
- Used cotton swabs and wipes
This waste is split in to two categories by the Department of Health; tattoo needles and sharps are classed as "hazardous" and must only be disposed of in specialised sharps receptacles with an orange lid. Just like a medical needle, waste tattoo needles and sharps can cause serious injury and potentially spread diseases or infections of the blood if they are not disposed of correctly.
Tattoo waste excluding sharps is typically classed as "Offensive/Hygiene Waste" by the Department of Health and should only be disposed of with appropriate care and safety control measures in place. If waste like used swabs, gloves and towels is not disposed of properly it could lead to health and hygiene problems for your staff or your customers, from skin infections to bacterial diseases, and could seriously damage the reputation of your business.
We can manage all types of waste in your tattoo studio, providing all the correct bins, bags, and a reliable collection service to dispose of your waste.
Since 2005 the government has released several regulations and pieces of legislation relating to the disposal of tattoo waste. Under the 2005 Hazardous Waste Regulations, needles and sharps from Tattoo and body art shops must be disposed of within specialised receptacles, and assigned a European Waste Catalogue (EWC) code.
Without knowing the facts and correctly disposing of your waste, you could put your business and your customers in danger, and even face fines of up to £5,000 from the government.
We are experts in hazardous waste and clinical waste and with our service you can rest assured that your tattoo waste will be disposed of in full compliance with UK legislation.
By producing potentially infectious and hazardous waste, government legislation states that tattoo artists have a duty of care to ensure that the waste they produce is stored safely and appropriately classified as hazardous or non-hazardous. Not only does the waste have to be segregated and stored securely, but a consignment note must be filled in before it can be legally transported from your premises
Each and every time that we collect your tattoo waste, we will provide you with an industry standard consignment note that states the waste collection’s European Waste Catalogue (EWC) code, quantity, components and container type. Each consignment note will require your business’ registration number from the Environmental Health Agency. If you aren't a member, we will even help get your business fully registered with the Environmental Health Agency as part of our service and ensure that your paperwork meets all the requirements of UK legislation.
Call today and we will make all the arrangements to ensure that your tattoo shop waste is correctly disposed of to the letter of the law.
We are here to support tattoo artists not only through the range of professional waste collection services that we offer, but also by providing reliable, expert information and resources to businesses across the country.
More information about tattoo artist licensing, legislation and waste disposal can be found on the below websites: