Clinical waste bags and containers

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Find out about the different types of clinical waste bags and containers and which one you should use.

Black bag or Tiger bag (yellow with black stripes)

For non-infectious clinical waste including: 

  • gloves and aprons
  • incontinence pads
  • disposable nappies
  • dressings
  • catheter bags
  • syringes used for food products
  • sanitary products

Black bag

Use a black bag if you have less than one third of a bag of non-infectious clinical waste per week. The waste should be double wrapped and put it in with your normal household waste. 

Tiger bag

If you produce more than a third of a black bag per week of non-infectious clinical waste, you will need to:

  • request a clinical waste collection service and
  • use a Tiger bag

Orange bag

For infectious clinical waste which is likely to infect others:

  • all treatment waste contaminated with bodily fluids
  • diarrhoea and vomiting
  • HIV/Hep B
  • infectious dressings

Purple bag

For cytotoxic and cytostatic (chemotherapy and hormone treatment) waste.  All items which could have the following hazardous properties:

  • toxic
  • carcinogenic
  • mutagenic
  • toxic for reproduction
  • waste contaminated by medicines including:
    • personal protective equipment, (eg, gloves, masks and gowns)
    • syringe bodies and tubing

Sharps bins

For anything that can puncture the skin and may be contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids:

  • empty medicine bottles
  • cartridges of insulin
  • finger prick lancets and platforms
  • pen needles
  • blades
  • glass ampoules
  • needles and syringes

Different types of sharps bins

  • Orange label and lid: Infectious sharps waste
  • Yellow label and lid: Infectious sharps waste contaminated with medicines
  • Purple label and lid: Sharps waste contaminated with Cytotoxic and Cytostatic medicines

We do not supply new sharps bins. You will need to get these from your healthcare provider or pharmacy.

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