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Sharps Bins

A sharps bin is essential to ensure any potentially hazardous and infectious waste that could puncture or cut skin is stored and disposed of properly. Organisations that produce sharps waste have a legal and moral obligation to get rid of such waste by following the sharps disposal procedure.

This means using the correct coloured sharps bin depending on the type of clinical waste. There are different types and sizes of sharps disposal bins available to help any business that needs to dispose of needles, scalpels, syringes, and other sharps waste find an appropriate solution.

Arrange delivery and collection of sharps bins to your business anywhere in the UK with Business Waste. Or for more information about the uses, laws, and disposal methods, check out our ultimate guide to sharps bin collection and disposal.

Collection Frequency:
One-off, daily, weekly, fortnightly, or ad hoc collection
One, five, seven, 11.5 and 22 litres
Waste Type:
  • Clinical Waste
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Types of 
sharps bins

All sharps disposal bins are yellow. However, there are a range of different coloured lids that determine the specific type of sharps waste they can store. They’re also available in many different sizes to suit the storage and disposal needs of your organisation – whether you’re a hospital with lots of needles to dispose of daily or a tattoo parlour that only needs weekly removal.

Learn more about sharps bin colours

The five main types of sharps bins are defined by their lid colours, which are:

  • Yellow-lid sharps bin – for sharp items contaminated with medical waste, such as syringes, but not cytotoxic or cytostatic waste.
  • Orange-lid sharps bin – non-pharmaceutical and non-medical sharps waste, like tattoo or piercing needles, knives, and other stationery products.
  • Purple-lid sharps bin – for sharps and other items including disposable garments, vials, and patches, which are contaminated with cytotoxic and/or cytostatic waste and residues. This can be hazardous.
  • Red-lid sharps bin – used to store and dispose of anatomical sharps waste, such as blood bags.
  • Blue-lid sharps bin – not used for sharps waste exactly but blue-lidded bins store things like expired pharmaceuticals, PPE, and other medical waste.

Sharps collection

Arrange sharps collection when your bins are full of the relevant waste type. Organisations must book sharps bin collections with licensed waste carriers to ensure the waste is removed, transported, and disposed of safely, legally, and in a way that protects the environment. Business Waste provide sharps collection for every bin type.

Hospitals, care homes, healthcare facilities, dentists, and any other organisation can arrange sharps collection on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly schedule. You receive a free duty of care certificate for peace of mind that your sharps waste is collected and disposed of by a licensed waste carrier in line with all legal regulations.

Many local councils offer sharps collection for domestic medical waste including needles, syringes, and razor blades. They can remove sharps waste from residential properties to avoid any hazardous and infectious items contaminating general waste and ending up in a landfill. These should be placed in a locked sharps bin before collection.

Businesses and households can both arrange sharps collection anywhere in the UK with Business Waste. Contact us online or call 0800 211 8390 for more information.

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Why do I need 
a sharps bin?

If your business produces any kind of sharps waste, then you need one or more sharps disposal bins to store it safely and securely on your premises. This mostly affects the medical sector as hospitals, care homes, and dentists especially use many needles, scalpels, and syringes daily.

Tattoo parlours, laboratories, and even kitchens may need sharps bins too, due to using and generating waste tattoo and piercing needles, scalpels, and sharp knives. A sharps disposal bin is sealable and made from a durable material that’s hard to pierce, which prevents damage and leaks.

Different sharps bins’ colours also make separating potentially infectious and hazardous waste easy too. This should help reduce the risk of contamination during storage and disposal, which protects human health and the environment.

What can you put 
in a sharps bin?

Almost anything considered sharp can go into the appropriate sharps bin. They’re mostly used to store types of clinical waste but may also hold other sharp items such as knives, small glass shards, and bits of sharp metal like staples and wire. Common waste you can put in a sharps bin includes:

  • Hypodermic needles
  • Syringes
  • Scalpels
  • Insulin pens
  • Tattoo needles
  • Piercing needles
  • Broken or contaminated glass and plastic
  • Scissors and sharp knives
  • Pins, staples, and metal wiring
  • Razor blades

Arrange delivery of 
sharps disposal bins

Whatever colour sharps bin, size, and amount you need, at Business Waste we can help arrange delivery and collection wherever your business is in the UK. Whether you just need a one-off removal of sharps waste or require regular collections, we’ll help you create a sharps waste management plan that works.

You can get one or more of the same or different size and types of sharps bins delivered to your organisation. Then simply fill each one with the correct type of waste and within any weight limits and secure the lid to store safely on your premises.

Arrange collection as a one-off or on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly schedule to suit the amount of waste you generate. A licensed carrier will collect your waste and transport it to a nearby facility for the appropriate legal disposal.

Get a free quote today for the sharps waste bins you need. Complete the below form, contact us online or call 0800 211 8390. If you’ve got any questions about sharps disposal bins, feel free to reach out and one of our friendly, expert team will endeavour to answer them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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