Infectious waste needs to be treated to reduce / eliminate the risks present. Because of this, it costs more to treat and dispose of infectious waste than other healthcare wastes so it is important to practice good waste segregation. It is extremely important that proper waste segregation is practiced.
The yellow waste stream is used for infectious waste disposal such as:
Yellow lidded containers must be used when disposing of:
Purple sharps containers are used for infectious waste disposal waste such as:
Black Lidded containers must be used for the following types of infectious waste disposal:
Recognisable anatomical waste
Infectious waste is waste that is hazardous to any person or animal that comes into contact with it.
Different types of infectious waste require different methods of disposal. You can find out more about which are the relevant containers for the type of infectious waste here
Certain types of infectious waste can be disposed of in yellow bags, but different types of infectious waste need to be disposed of in different containers. You can find out more here.
Infectious waste is potentially hazardous to those who come in contact with it and needs either treatment to render safe prior to disposal or incineration.
Non-infectious waste is not hazardous to those who come in contact with it and is suitable for direct disposal or recycling.
Different types of Infectious waste are disposed of in different methods. You can find out more about the types of containers here.