Known or suspected to be contaminated.

Known or suspected to be contaminated.

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.

Yellow Containers & Bags

The yellow waste stream is used for the disposal of infectious waste such as:

  • Blood & items visibly soiled with blood
  • Contaminated waste from patients with transmissible infectious diseases
  • Incontinent wear from patients with known or suspected enteric pathogens
  • Items contaminated with body fluids other than faeces, urine or breast milk i.e. pus, sputum or peritoneal fluid
  • Other healthcare infectious wastes

Purple Lidded Containers

Purple lidded containers are used for the disposal of infectious waste such as:

  • Needles, syringes, sharps instruments, cartridges or glass used in the administration of cytotoxic drugs

  • Pharmaceutical

Black lidded containers

Black Lidded containers must be used for:

  • Recognisable anatomical waste

  • Blood or tissue suspected of CJD contamination
  • Non autoclaved risk group 2 & 3 lab cultures
  • Bulk metal objects e.g. laryngoscope blades

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Our experienced teams provide advice and guidance for appropriate handling, containment, transportation and disposal of infectious waste.