Business Waste

Clinical Waste Bins

A clinical waste bin is vital wherever you produce any type of clinical waste. Hospitals and healthcare facilities must have clinical waste bins in place to safely store all sorts of medical waste. Beauty salons and other businesses also need them for sharps, cosmetics, and other types of clinical waste they create.

There are many different clinical waste bins available in various shapes, sizes, and colours. Each one differs to make separating such waste for safe storage before collection and disposal simple. You must use the right one to avoid contamination and exposure to potentially infectious and hazardous waste.

At Business Waste we provide free clinical waste bins – you just pay for collection. There are no rental charges or delivery fees, wherever you’re based in the UK. Contact us online or call 0800 211 8390 for a free quote for a clinical waste bin.

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One-off, daily, weekly, fortnightly, or ad hoc collection
Waste Type:
  • Clinical Waste

What is a clinical 
waste bin?

A clinical waste bin is a container for storing waste produced in healthcare and similar settings that could be hazardous, infectious, or risk spreading disease. The bin, its lid, or the waste bag it contains are colour coded to identify the type of clinical waste it’s designed to hold.

This helps separate different kinds of clinical waste to avoid contamination and ensure each stream is disposed of appropriately. There are a wide variety of clinical waste disposal bins. These range from clinical waste pedal bins that provide hygienic hands-free operation to plastic containers, sharps bins, and clinical waste bags and sack holders.

Clinical waste 
bin sizes

The sizes and capacities of clinical waste bins vary greatly, often depending on the type of waste they’re designed to store and their colour. For example, sharps bins are normally small clinical waste bins as the needles, syringes, and scalpels they hold are only little.

A small clinical waste bin is also ideal for placing close to the point of production. This could be in an operating theatre, consultant’s room, or dental surgery where space is limited. Many clinical waste pedal bins are also compact to easily slot into tight spaces. Smaller clinical waste bins are likelier to be emptied more regularly, avoiding hazardous waste building up.

Large clinical waste bins include yellow 240 litre wheelie bins, which can be easily moved around close to the point of production. These are to store infectious and potentially hazardous clinical waste types – such as gloves, bandages, dressings, and wipes contaminated with infectious bodily fluids.

Four-wheel bins including 1100 litre wheelie bins are available for hospitals, healthcare centres, and other places that generate lots of clinical waste. These large clinical waste bins can hold up to 18 bags of clinical waste. This helps prevent waste overflowing to keep your organisation running efficiently and hygienically.

What goes in a 
clinical waste bin?

What goes in a clinical waste bin depends on the colour of the bin and/or its lid. Generally, you can use clinical waste bins to store:

  • Blood, blood bags, and bodily fluids
  • Sharps – syringes, needles, scalpels, and other sharp instruments
  • Swabs, dressings, and bandages
  • Sanitary waste
  • PPE – disposable gloves, masks, and gowns

Clinical waste bin colours define the specific type of waste they’re designed to hold before its removal and disposal. The colour of the clinical waste bin and/or its lid that relate to the waste type you can put in it are:

  • Yellow – highly infectious waste such as contaminated bandages, wipes, gloves, and disposable garments.
  • Red – anatomical waste including body parts, tissue samples, and blood bags.
  • Purple – cytotoxic and cytostatic waste like patches, medicinal vials, and blister packs.
  • White – dental (amalgam) waste including teeth with fillings, grindings, and packaging/capsules containing residue.
  • Orange – infectious waste such as masks, aprons, and dressings.
  • Yellow and black (tiger) – non-infectious clinical waste like disposable garments, nappies, wipes, and incontinence pads.

Who needs a 
clinical waste bin?

Organisations that create any type and amount of clinical waste must use a clinical waste bin to dispose of it. Even if it’s only a few wipes that could be contaminated or scalpels used in any kind of treatment, you’ll still need a small clinical waste bin or sharps bin.

Hospitals, GP surgeries, and other healthcare facilities are the main organisations that need clinical waste bins to separate and store such waste before disposal. However, many other businesses also produce types of clinical waste and require bins or bags for safe storage. These include:

  • Hospitals – hospital clinical waste bins are essential to hold a wide range of medical waste produced by operations, surgery, and general care.
  • Care homes – clinical waste bins are vital to store patients’ old medication, PE, and contaminated bedding.
  • Tattoo parlours – sharps bins are needed in tattoo studios for needles, as well as any contaminated PPE and other items.
  • Beauty salons – needles, scalpels, and other sharp items used in treatments must go in a sharps bin, while they can also create contaminated clinical waste.
  • Dental practices – amalgam, teeth, sharps, and contaminated PPE all need a clinical waste bin in dental surgeries.
  • Laboratories – tissue samples and contaminated equipment require a clinical waste bin.

Arrange delivery and collection 
of a clinical waste bin

We provide free bins for any business that needs a clinical waste bin anywhere in the UK – you just pay for collection. Each load we remove includes a free duty of care certificate, so you can rest assured the waste is disposed of legally, safely, and in as environmentally friendly a way as possible.

Book delivery and collection of clinical waste bins of the size and type you need. We’ll deliver to your organisation for free, you fill each one with the right type of clinical waste and within any weight limits. Then our licensed waste carriers will collect at an agreed time and date.

Arrange collection on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis – with ad-hoc removals also available. Our friendly experts can advise on the best bins and collection schedule to suit your operations and any budget requirements. Get a free quote for the delivery and collection of commercial waste bins for your organisation.

Contact us online or call 0800 211 8390 for your free quote today.

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Find a clinical 
waste bin

  • Sharps bins

    Use sharps bins with different coloured lids for needles, syringes, scalpels, and knives.

  • Dental waste bins

    White clinical waste bins for dental waste including unwanted and excess amalgam.

  • Clinical waste bags

    Clinical waste bags to store medical waste safely before collection and disposal.

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  • 1100 litre wheelie bins

    The 1100 litre bin is the largest wheelie bin available to store up to 18 bags of waste.

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  • 240 litre wheelie bins

    The standard size wheelie bin you have at home that holds three to four bags of waste.

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  • 360 litre wheelie bins

    This is the largest two-wheel bin available to store five or six waste bags.

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  • 660 litre wheelie bins

    A four-wheel bin suitable for larger volumes of general waste and dry mixed recycling.

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  • Anatomical waste bags

    Red clinical waste bags for organs, body parts, materials contaminated with bodily fluids.

  • Balers

    Static balers compress recyclable waste into solid bales to save space.

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  • Clinical infectious waste bags

    Orange clinical waste bags are for materials contaminated with infectious waste.

  • Clinical waste bags

    Clinical waste bags to store medical waste safely before collection and disposal.

  • Clinical Waste Bins

    Clinical waste bins are suitable containers to store all sorts of medical waste safely.

  • Commercial Bin Sizes

    Read our helpful guide to commercial bin sizes, dimensions, and measurements

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  • Commercial waste bags

    Commercial waste bags are ideal for various waste types when you can’t use a bin.

  • Compactors

    Choose from mobile and static compactors for general waste or recyclable rubbish.

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  • Confidential Waste Bags and Bins

    Confidential waste bags provide a secure and flexible way to store sensitive documents before disposal.

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  • Cytotoxic and cytostatic waste bags

    Purple waste bags for waste contaminated with cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines.

  • Dental (amalgam) waste bins

    White clinical waste bins for dental waste including unwanted and excess amalgam.

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  • Front end loaders

    Large static containers ideal for businesses generating high volumes of waste.

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  • Highly infectious hazardous waste bags

    Yellow clinical waste bags for waste contaminated with infectious bodily fluids.

  • IBC containers

    Store high volumes of liquid waste including chemicals, solvents, and hazardous waste.

  • Large Commercial Waste Bins

    A large bin offers a cost-effective way to store and dispose of commercial waste.

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  • Non-infectious clinical waste bags

    Yellow and black waste bags for non-infectious and non-hazardous waste.

  • Office Bins

    Different types of general waste and recycling bins for offices in various sizes.

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  • Rear end loaders

    A big commercial waste skip in sizes that can hold up to 160 bags of waste.

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  • Roll on roll offs

    One of the largest containers for business waste that can store up to 440 bags of waste.

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  • Sanitary waste bins

    Safely store feminine hygiene products and other sanitary waste with various bin sizes.

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  • Sharps bins

    Use sharps bins with different coloured lids for needles, syringes, scalpels, and knives.

  • Skip sizes

    Sizes vary from 2 to 12-yard skips that can easily store various waste types and amounts.

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  • Small wheelie bins

    Small two-wheel bins for businesses producing low volumes of waste or with limited space.

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  • Waste drums

    Drums and barrels are ideal to safely store liquid, oil, and hazardous waste for collection.

  • Wheelie Bins

    Explore a range of two and four-wheel bins for many waste types.

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