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Aesthetics Waste Disposal

Aesthetics and beauty treatments create a wide range of waste that needs to be managed carefully to protect human and environmental health. Much of this is healthcare or clinical waste, whether it’s produced by providing a Swedish massage or Botox injections. Proper segregation, storage, and disposal of aesthetics waste is vital.

All clinics, salons, and other businesses that offer any kind of aesthetic treatment require the right bins to store each waste stream. This can range from sharps (such as needles from microblading) to used waxing strips and gloves worn for massages. Protecting workers, customers, and the environment is important with responsible management and disposal.

At Business Waste we can advise on all types of aesthetic waste and provide free bins for separation and safe storage. Licensed waste carriers will remove your aesthetics waste to ensure responsible and legal disposal – you only pay for collection. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online today for a free quote.

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Managing waste from 
aesthetics treatments

Every aesthetics treatment produces some type and amount of waste that must be managed properly. It could simply be a pair of gloves worn when waxing a client, or something that seems more serious, like leftover Botox injections. Most of this will be a type of clinical waste, which you can’t dispose of with general waste.

According to the Controlled Waste Regulations Act 2012, clinical waste is: “any waste which consists wholly or partly of human or animal tissue, blood or other body fluids, excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs or dressings, syringes, needles or other sharp instruments, being waste which unless rendered safe may prove hazardous to any person coming into contact with it.”

Using the correct bin or bag to separate your aesthetic waste protects staff and customers from exposure to potentially harmful waste. It also ensures the waste is segregated and disposed of properly to avoid contamination. Improper disposal of aesthetics waste could result in a fine for your business as well.

Our experts can answer any questions and guide you through the proper processes for managing aesthetic waste from any treatment. Waste audits are available to ensure everything is handled safely.

We can provide bins, bags, collection, and disposal services for waste from all aesthetic and beauty treatments, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • B12 vitamin injections
  • Botox (botulinum toxin) injections
  • Dermal fillers
  • Dermaplaning
  • Dermarolling
  • Fat freezing
  • Laser hair removal
  • Liposuction
  • Massages
  • Microblading
  • Microneedling
  • Mole mapping
  • Semi-permanent make-up
  • Waxing
  • Wet cupping

Types of aesthetics waste

Every aesthetic and beauty treatment or practice produces some kind of waste. It could just be a pair of gloves worn during a waxing or something that seems trickier to dispose of, like a knife and tools used for liposuction. As most aesthetics waste comes into contact with body parts and fluids, it’s mostly treated as clinical or healthcare waste.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has a colour code for clinical waste management, which applies to most aesthetics waste. All aesthetics waste must be separated and stored in the correct coloured bin or bag to ensure responsible disposal. Discover the right colour bin based on the treatments you provide.

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Orange – Clinical infectious waste

Any items that come into contact with potentially infectious substances (like blood) during an aesthetic treatment can be examples of clinical infectious waste. These should be placed in orange waste bins or bags. They can be treated (cleaned) to make them safe before disposal or they might be incinerated. Examples include:

  • Wipes
  • Gloves
  • Dressings
  • Bandages
  • Aprons
Infectious waste disposal

Sharps waste

Many aesthetics treatments use sharp tools that come into contact with the skin, blood, and bodily fluids, from acupuncture to microneedling. These must be stored safely after use to avoid contamination. Sharps bins are also colour coded to separate the likes of cytostatic syringes used for Botox from highly infectious needles used for dermal fillers.

Any sharp item used for any type of aesthetics treatment must go in a sharps bin of the appropriate colour (or coloured lid). Common examples of sharps waste include:

  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Knives
  • Blades
  • Broken vials
  • Scalpels
Guide to sharps bins

Purple – Cytotoxic and cytostatic waste

Botulinum toxin injections (commonly Botox) are the main type of cytostatic waste produced from aesthetics treatments. Everything used in this common treatment must be disposed of with any other cytotoxic and cytostatic waste in a purple waste bin or bag. All such cytotoxic and cytostatic waste is incinerated.

Improper disposal of Botulinum toxin is dangerous as it paralyses or freezes cells. This could have serious consequences if anything contaminated with Botox is touched or consumed by wildlife or people. Therefore, all Botox-related waste must go in a purple bin or bag, such as:

  • Used Botox syringes
  • Unused or expired botulinum toxin injections
  • Gloves, wipes, tools, or anything else that is in contact with botulinum toxin
  • Any other used cytostatic/cytotoxic syringes
Cytotoxic and cytostatic waste disposal

Yellow – Highly infectious clinical waste

Many of the items from aesthetics treatments in orange bins also go in yellow clinical waste bins or bags. The difference is that while orange waste types can be treated before disposal, anything in a yellow waste bin or bag must be incinerated. This is because they’re items in contact with someone carrying – or suspected of carrying – an infectious disease.

Improper disposal puts the health of those exposed to such waste at risk and could result in infectious disease outbreaks, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. Any items from your aesthetics treatments in contact with an infectious disease must go in a yellow bin, such as:

  • Dressings
  • Wipes
  • Bandages
  • Gauzes
  • Couch roll
  • Gloves
  • Disposable garments
Highly infectious waste bags

Bins and bags for 
aesthetics waste

A wide variety of bins and bags are available to separate and store waste from your aesthetics treatments and practices safely. We deliver free bins and bags to your beauty clinic, salon, or parlour anywhere in the UK – you just pay for collection. Licensed waste carriers remove all bins and ensure legal, responsible, and safe disposal.

Collections are available on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis to suit your needs. Combine the best number and sizes of bins and bags with a collection schedule based on the amount of each aesthetic waste type you produce. This provides a cost-effective waste removal solution for all your aesthetics waste.

Find out more about each of the different types of bins and bags for aesthetics waste:

Who needs aesthetics 
waste disposal?

Any organisation that offers at least one type of aesthetic treatment needs an effective waste management plan in place. This can range from beauty parlours to aesthetic clinics, spas, and even some dental surgeries. Waste from massages, waxing, and microblading to dermal fillers and liposuction all require responsible management.

You need to arrange professional aesthetics waste disposal whether you run a chain of salons or work as a home or mobile therapist. However much and whatever types of waste you produce licensed waste carriers must remove it. Some of the main businesses that require regular aesthetics waste disposal include:

Why is aesthetics waste 
management important?

Safe, efficient, and responsible aesthetics waste management is important for any clinic. Every business has a duty of care under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which means you must take all reasonable steps to ensure your waste is managed properly. This includes storage, removal, and disposal.

Improper management of your aesthetics waste could breach this duty of care and result in significant fines for your business. It may also expose staff, customers, and others to potentially hazardous and infectious waste that negatively affects their health. Plus, if aesthetics waste ends up in landfill it adds to pollution levels.

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Connor has given a great service and help setting up clinical waste disposal for my SPMU & Aesthetics clinic. Many thanks!
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Arrange aesthetics waste collection

Contact us today for help with your aesthetics waste management. We can provide an audit of your business and answer any questions you have to work out the best solution for your needs. Get a free no obligation quote tailored to your needs, whatever type and amount of aesthetics waste you produce.

Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online for your free quote or further information about aesthetics waste.

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