Clinical Waste Disposal

  • Ad-hoc collections for startups or small businesses

  • Weekly, fortnightly, or monthly scheduled collections for sanitary bins, nappy bins, clinical waste or sharps disposal

  • We collect from aesthetic clinics, tattoo studios, nursery and care homes, general care, and dental practises

  • Roupcycle Director was previously a Registered Nurse (also trained in aesthetics) so understands the clinical care giving environment

We provide safe and secure clinical waste disposal & management services.

Ad-hoc Clinical Waste Collection

  • Sharps and offensive waste (tiger bags) only.
  • Great for start-ups or small clinics and studios.
  • Select the quantity of sharps boxes/bags. Choose a preferred date (this may be changed to fit in around our schedule).
  • Call out fee includes the consignment note fee.
  • Waste in the wrong category of bag/box will not be collected.

Scheduled Offensive Waste 240 Ltr. Wheelie Bin Collection

  • Offensive (tiger stripped bag) only.
  • Popular with beauty & aesthetic clinics, tattoo studios.
  • Weekly, fortnightly or Monthly

Scheduled Bag, Wheelie Bin Sharps Collection

  • Offensive Waste (tiger stripped bag) & Infectious Waste (orange bags) .
  • Infectious waste requires a pre acceptance site audit.
  • Minimum of 2 collections a year every 6 months for bags or sharps only.
  • 240 Ltr. & 770Ltr Bins available.

Hygiene Waste

Scheduled Sanitary Bin

  • Pedal bin provided.
  • Internal bag changed and units are cleaned on service.
  • Weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
  • Discounts for additional units.
  • Other washroom services provided.

Scheduled 240 Ltr Nappy Waste Bin

  • Offensive waste only (tiger bags).
  • Ideal for smaller volumes of nappy waste in a nursery, restaurant, or retail setting.

Scheduled 770 Ltr Nappy Waste Bin

  • Offensive waste only (tiger bags).
  • Ideal for a nursery or care giving setting.
  • Larger 4 wheeled bin.

What is Clinical Waste?

Clinical waste is essentially any form of byproduct from healthcare or medical environments. Some clinical waste is hazardous, while some is less hazardous but still requires careful handling, segregation, and disposal. All clinical waste risks infection, disease, or harm to anyone who contacts it.

Types of Clinical Waste

There are many different categories of clinical waste, for a comprehensive overview please check out thegovernment website. Below the types of clinical waste are split into the five main types of hazardous and non-hazardous items that would require clinical waste collection. 

Hazardous Types of Clinical Waste

Infectious Waste is items contaminated with blood, bodily fluids, or other nasty infectious materials. To prevent infection spread, infectious clinical waste requires special containers and is often incinerated.

Pathological Waste comprises Human tissues, organs, and body parts removed during surgery or autopsy. Again, this type of waste must be incinerated or treated to render it non-infectious.

Sharps Waste comprises objects that can puncture or lacerate the skin, such as needles, syringes, and scalpels. Sharps clinical waste requires secure disposal to prevent injury and infection.

Pharmaceutical Waste includes expired or unused medications and vaccines. These require careful disposal, often through incineration or chemical treatment, to avoid contamination and misuse.

Chemical Waste is disinfectants, solvents, and other chemicals used in medical procedures that require exceptional handling and disposal to prevent environmental harm.

Non Hazardous Types of Clinical Waste

Bandages and dressings that are non-infectious and have not come into contact with blood or other infectious substances are crucial for health and safety. Keeping them far from dangerous materials is also crucial. 

General office waste such as paper, cardboard, and packing materials are produced by administrative tasks within clinical workspaces. 

Food waste, which includes leftovers from staff canteens and patient meals. Free from dangerous compounds.

Non-contaminated glass and plastic, such as unbroken glass bottles and non-medical containers. These products are generally recyclable and do not contain any dangerous components.

Empty IV bags and tubing that have been washed are clear of potentially dangerous materials. These should be disposed of appropriately to keep the medical environment safe and clean.

Is All Clinical Waste Hazardous?

All Clinical Waste should be treated as hazardous unless proven otherwise. Nevertheless, not all clinical Waste is hazardous. While much of it poses a risk of infection or injury, some, like offensive or hygiene waste, are non-infectious. Despite this, it is best not to risk it and adhere to government regulations.

Is Clinical Waste Different from Hygiene or Offensive Waste?

Yes, while there is some overlap, the main difference is that hygiene and offensive waste are non-infectious, however unpleasant they may be, while hazardous clinical waste is. The key difference lies in the health risk: clinical waste poses potential health hazards, while hygiene waste does not. This is why stringent clinical waste disposal is needed to prevent health risks. 

Coloured Bags for Clinical Waste Collection

To uphold compliance and safety practices, you are supposed to use colour-coded clinical waste bags; they come in yellow and green for segregation, handling, and disposal.

Yellow and black striped Bags (tiger bags) are for infectious waste that poses dangerous health risks. These bags are for items such as used dressings, swabs, and personal protective equipment (PPE) contaminated with bodily fluids. 

Orange Bags are used to contain less infectious waste that still carries health risks. These bags are used for items contaminated with body fluids, such as gloves, dressings and aprons (excluding contaminated sharps or medications). They mark clinical waste for incineration.

Importance of Clinical Waste Management

Strict clinical waste management is vital to prevent the spread of infection, and maintain a safe public health environment. Your local clinical waste removal services will require clients to follow good management practices for effective clinical and offensive waste collection as well as hygiene waste removal services. Read the Health Technical Memorandum 07-01 and the Controlled Waste Regulations 2012 to learn more.

How Do You Dispose of Clinical Waste?

First, you will need an area to store your clinical waste. This area should be secure, inaccessible to the public, and well-ventilated, according to UK government regulations. 

Secondly, clinical waste should be stored in the correct, colour-coded containers. Then, the filled bins should be transferred to lockable clinical waste wheelie bins for temporary storage.

Lastly, the waste should be collected from a licensed clinical waste disposal firm such as Roupcycle. We’re equipped to handle, transport, and dispose of clinical waste safely and in accordance with UK regulations.

Roupcyle offers a full waste audit. A waste audit will be required for your records and will be required by your local council and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) if your business requires it. 

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

What is the NHS Clinical Waste Policy?

The NHS clinical waste policy minimises waste, enhances segregation, and promotes sustainable management practices. It mandates thorough training for waste managers, optimises waste contracts, and encourages the adoption of innovative waste treatment methods to reduce costs and carbon emissions.Click here to read their official strategy.

How Should Clinical Waste in a Care Setting Be Disposed Of?

In a care setting, clinical waste should be disposed of using properly labelled bins and bags. Follow strict guidelines for waste segregation, utilise clinical waste bins, and safely transport waste to designated disposal facilities.

How is Clinical Waste Disposed Of?

Clinical waste is disposed of through methods such as incineration, autoclaving, or other approved techniques. These processes ensure environmental safety and compliance with health regulations.

Are Sanitary Pads Clinical Waste?

Sanitary pads are generally considered hygiene waste rather than clinical waste. They must be disposed of properly to maintain hygiene and avoid causing nuisance. This will be disposed of as offensive waste.

What Colour Bags Are Used for Clinical Waste?

Yellow and orange bags are designated for clinical waste. Yellow and black stipped bags are for offensive waste. Yellow bags are used for biohazardous waste, while orange bags are for infectious materials.

Are Nappies Clinical Waste?

Nappies are typically classified as offensive waste, not clinical waste. They should be disposed of in yellow with black stripped (tiger) bags for offensive waste.

How Do We Prevent the Spread of Pathogens When Disposing of Clinical Waste?

It is crucial to follow proper waste segregation, handling, and disposal methods to prevent the spread of pathogens. Ensure all waste containers are secure, clearly labelled, and compliant with health regulations.

What are Yellow Clinical Waste Bags Used For?

Yellow clinical waste bags are intended for highly infectious waste, such as biohazardous waste. They ensure safe disposal through a higher temperature incineration.

What are Orange Clinical Waste Bags Used For?

Orange clinical waste bags are used for infectious waste, like items contaminated with body fluids. They allow for safer disposal through methods like autoclaving.

What Happens to Clinical Waste Once Collected?

After collection, clinical waste is transported to treatment facilities, where it is either incinerated or treated through methods like autoclaving to ensure safe and compliant disposal.

How Often Should Sanitary Bins Be Changed?

Sanitary bins should be changed regularly, at least monthly, to maintain hygiene and prevent unpleasant odours.

What Goes in Orange Clinical Waste Bags?

Orange clinical waste bags, such as gloves, dressing and aprons, are used for waste contaminated with body fluids and could be infectious.  Orange bags are used in dentistry, doctors’ practices, healthcare clinic, and funeral directors.

Why is it Important to Properly Manage Clinical Waste?

Proper management of clinical waste is essential to prevent infection, protect public health, and ensure environmental safety. Compliance with regulations is vital to maintain safety and hygiene standards.

I am a small clinical business and do not generate much clinical waste can I call when I need a collection?

Yes, you can.  We understand that when starting up, running part-time clinic, or not offering clinical treatments, quantities may vary.

We charge a call out fee, price per bag or sharps container plus consignment/ hazardous waste note fee.  These collections will be when we local to your area.

As an industry standard, you must have a collection every 6 months. We will not issue a contract prior to any arranged collections and may ask for a yearly consignment note fee to be paid upfront.

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    Areas we cover

    We currently cover a great range of towns and areas in and around Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire for clinical Waste Disposal.

    Areas covered include Aldershot, Ascot, Bagshot, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Camberley, Chertsey, Cobham, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Guildford, Kingston, Lightwater, Maidenhead, Reading, Slough, Staines-upon-Thames, Sunningdale, Weybridge, Windsor, Winnersh, Woking, Wokingham, Yateley.

    We also have partnerships nationwide allowing us to meet your needs wherever you may be located.