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Colour Coding Guide

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Confused about healthcare waste colour codes?

The correct segregation of healthcare waste onsite is vital to ensure that waste is stored, transported and ultimately disposed of in the correct manner to comply with clinical waste regulations.

The Department of Health Safe Management of Healthcare Waste Memorandum outlines a best practice waste segregation colour coding scheme for producers of hazardous and non-hazardous waste to follow.

Our helpful guide shows the various colour codes for each waste type, whether the waste is hazardous or non-hazardous and the relevant EWC codes to describe the waste. Get in touch with a member of our team to find out how our services can help you ensure you are compliant.

 

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Cytotoxic / Cytostatic

Cytotoxic / Cytostatic

HAZARDOUS

Waste consisting of, or contaminated with, cytotoxic and/or cytostatic products which requires disposal by incineration.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180103* 180202*
180108* 180207*

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Blister packs
  • Tablets in containers
  • Unopened medicine vials
  • Patches
  • Gloves, gowns, aprons, wipes contaminated with cytotoxic and/or cytostatic medicines

Cytotoxic waste disposal

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Anatomical

Anatomical

HAZARDOUS / NON-HAZARDOUS

Anatomical waste which requires disposal by incineration.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180102 180202*
180103* 180203

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Body parts
  • Organs
  • Blood bags
  • Blood preserves

Anatomical waste

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Clinical / Highly Infectious

Clinical / Highly Infectious

HAZARDOUS

Highly infectious waste which requires disposal by incineration.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180103* 180202*
180109* -

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Couch roll
  • Wipes
  • Gloves
  • Dressings
  • Bandages
  • Aprons
  • Disposable garments etc contaminated with infectious body fluids

Infectious waste

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Medicinal

Medicinal

NON-HAZARDOUS

Waste medicines, out of date medicines, denatured drugs, which requires disposal by incineration.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180109 180202

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Tablets in containers
  • Blister packs
  • Unopened medicine vials
  • Liquids in bottles
  • Inhaler cartridges
  • Droplet bottles with pipettes

Pharmaceutical Waste

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Clinical / Infectious

Clinical / Infectious

HAZARDOUS / NON-HAZARDOUS

Infectious waste which may be treated to render safe prior to disposal or alternatively it can be incinerated.

NOTE: All orange bags are hazardous. Orange sharps can be hazardous or non-hazardous.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180101 180201
180103* 180202*

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Wipes
  • Gloves
  • Dressings
  • Bandages
  • Aprons

Hazardous Waste

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Dental (Amalgam)

Dental (Amalgam)

TOXIC

Dental amalgam & mercury including spent and out of date capsules, excess mixed amalgam & contents of amalgam separators which requires disposal by recovery or recycling.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180110* -

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Unwanted amalgam
  • Old fillings
  • Teeth with fillings
  • Grindings
  • Surplus amalgam which cannot be reused
  • Packaging such as capsules containing residues

dental amalgam waste

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Dental (Gypsum)

Dental (Gypsum)

NON-HAZARDOUS

Recovery.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180104 -

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Dental study moulds

dental gypsum waste

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Offensive

Offensive

NON-HAZARDOUS

Non-infectious, offensive/hygiene waste which may be recycled, incinerated (waste for energy) or deep landfilled.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180104 -
200199 -

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Colostomy bags
  • Incontinence pads
  • Nappies & wipes,
  • Gloves,
  • Disposable garments etc contaminated with non-infectious body fluids

Offensive Waste

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Mixed Municipal Waste

Mixed Municipal Waste

VARIOUS

Municipal wastes and similar commercial, industrial and institutional wastes including separately collected fractions. Requires disposal by landfill.

**Black or other colour supplied from local councils e.g. green


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
Various -

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Packaging
  • Tissues
  • Disposable cups & drinks cans
  • Sandwich wrappers
  • Flowers

Segregation onsite is vital to ensure that waste is stored, transported and ultimately disposed of in the correct manner to maintain compliance with clinical waste regulations.

The Waste Memorandum recommends that all clinical and dental waste disposal bins, bags and sharps units are colour coded in this method to provide easy identification.

Safe Management of Healthcare Waste

We follow the latest ‘Safe Management of Healthcare Waste’ Guidance issued by The Department of Health. This initiative ensures best practice to the management of healthcare waste and helps us further to meet all required legislations.

We can also provide you with an on-site audit to these requirements to ensure you meet the set requirements.

We adopt:

  • Correct identification and classification of infectious and medicinal waste that complies with health and safety, transport and waste regulations.
  • Colour-coded best practice waste segregation and packaging systems.
  • Use of European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes.
  • An offensive / hygiene waste stream to describe waste that is non-infectious waste.