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Beauty Salon Waste Disposal

Beauty salons provide an array of services, but each one can produce a variety of different waste types. This is often an unavoidable by-product of many aesthetics and beauty treatments. Whatever the size and speciality of your salon, appropriate waste management is essential to protect your staff, customers, and the environment.

As a business, you have a responsibility to ensure all beauty salon waste is stored, removed, and disposed of safely and in line with any relevant regulations. From human hair to needles, pharmaceuticals, and waste from all sorts of aesthetic and beauty treatments, we can help you manage your salon waste effectively.

Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online and our expert team can provide a free quote for your salon waste disposal. Discover more about hair, beauty, and other types of salon waste and their ways of disposal with Business Waste from any location in the UK.

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Beauty salon waste 

If you run a beauty salon, you have a legal duty of care to ensure all waste you produce is stored, transported, and disposed of in line with any relevant regulations. For salon waste management, the Controlled Waste Regulations Act 2012 is important as it defines healthcare waste that your salon may generate as:

“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.”

This is especially important when it comes to hazardous waste, which may harm anyone who encounters it.

Having an effective beauty salon waste management plan in place is vital to ensure you uphold your responsibilities, safely store all waste types, and arrange proper disposal. As a salon owner, part of your responsibility to the environment is to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much waste as you can.

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Good management means identifying ways to cut back on the amount of waste you produce. Using the correct bins, bags, and containers to hold your beauty salon waste helps ensure as much as possible is recycled. Then you need to arrange removal by licensed waste carriers, such as through Business Waste, to ensure appropriate and legal removal and disposal of your salon waste.

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Beauty salon waste 
bins and bags

To ensure recycling and proper disposal of beauty salon waste, it’s important your organisation uses the right type of bins to store all rubbish before collection and disposal. This helps reduce the chance of contamination, which is a real risk when dealing with sharps and types of clinical waste.

Most beauty clinics have small bins and bags in their salon at the point of waste creation. Then outside or in a safe space away from treatment areas, you can place larger salon waste bins to hold collated waste before removal to a nearby facility for recycling or disposal.

Discover some common salon waste bins and bags for your business.

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  • 120L wheelie bin

    A small two-wheel bin to store two or three bags of general waste and dry mixed recycling.

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  • Sharps bins

    Different colour lids indicate the types of blades, needles, and syringes to store from your salon.

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  • Clinical infectious waste bags

    Orange waste bags for contaminated masks, gloves, wipes, and dressings from your salon.

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Beauty salon waste 

Arrange collection of your beauty salon waste with Business Waste. Our nationwide network means we can find a licensed waste carrier to remove your salon waste anywhere in the UK. Easily, safely, and responsibly get rid of waste from your city centre clinic or village beauty salon today.

Whether it’s beauty clinic waste or rubbish from your nail salon, we’ll provide free bins for you to use – just pay for their collection. Ensure there’s an accessible place to drop off and pick up bins, bags, and containers and that you have enough storage space for them.

You can then organise beauty salon waste collection on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis. One of our licensed waste carriers will collect your bins and take them to a nearby facility for sorting, cleaning, disposal, and recycling based on the type of salon waste. This ensures your waste is disposed of legally and responsibly.

Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online and get a free quote for your salon waste removal. One of our expert team will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about salon waste disposal, bins, recycling methods, and more.

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How does beauty salon 
waste collection work?

  1. Select your free bins

    It’s quick and easy to organise commercial waste collection for your business.

    Simply start by telling us the:

    • Type of waste you need removing
    • Size of bins you require
    • Number of bins you want

    We’ll provide you with a free quote.

  2. Arrange delivery

    When you’re happy with the type, number, and size of free bins, tell us when you need your bins delivering.

    Let us know about any access issues where you want the bins delivering – such as locked gates, access codes and times. We’ll get you up and running in no time.

  3. Fill up your bin

    After the free bins arrive at your chosen location, fill them up with the agreed waste type.

    Make sure you remain within any weight limits for the specific waste type and bin size.

  4. Get your business waste collected

    We’ll arrange waste collection at a time and frequency to suit you and the amount of waste you have.

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How to dispose 
of beauty salon waste

How to dispose of different types of beauty salon waste can depend on the kind of rubbish produced. This dictates the type of waste bin, bag, or container to use for storage, how often you need it removing from your salon, and the disposal method at the waste facility.

Generally, in your salon you only need to do a few things to dispose of waste properly. Follow these simple steps to dispose of beauty salon waste:

  1. Once you create any type of waste, store it in an appropriate salon waste bin or bag (remaining within any weight limits).
  2. Arrange collection of your salon waste bins from an accessible location at a date and time that suits your business and the amount of waste you produce.
  3. Licensed waste carriers will remove your bins and take them to a nearby facility for proper disposal and recycling.

Beauty salon waste disposal methods vary depending on the type of rubbish. Most beauty salon waste disposal methods involve sorting and cleaning the items first to ensure they’re in with the right rubbish stream. Then they’re recycled, if possible, while hazardous, infectious, and clinical waste is often incinerated for safety.

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Types of beauty 
salon waste

There are many different types of beauty salon waste created that often depend on the kind of treatments offered. All waste needs storing in separate bins to ensure proper disposal and recycling where possible. Especially as most beauty salon treatments involve body parts, there’s sometimes a risk of contamination too.

All beauty clinics produce some level of general waste from their daily operations, clients, and staff. there are many other different types of salon waste that vary due to the nature of treatments, products involved, and type of salon you run. Understanding what falls under each waste type is essential for proper storage and disposal.

Some of the main types of beauty salon waste and examples you’ll likely produce are:

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  • Aesthetics waste

    Waste from any aesthetics treatment, from Botox to massages

  • Clinical waste

    Used wax strips, cotton buds, pads, and items contaminated with bodily fluids

  • Sharps waste

    Tattoo and acupuncture needles, blades, micropigmentation pens

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  • General waste

    Broken coat hangers, hair, and non-recyclable food packaging

  • Chemical waste

    Certain cleaning products and bottles

  • Plastic recycling

    Product packaging, drinks bottles, and shampoo bottles

  • Paper recycling

    Newspapers and magazines, receipts and invoices


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  • CONTROLLED WASTE What goes in a sharps bin in a salon?

    A sharps bin in a salon is used to safely store any sharp item – such as a needle, scalpel, or blade. Sharps bins are available with different coloured lids to easily separate types based on potential contamination. It depends on the treatments you offer, but common waste that goes in a sharps bin in a salon includes:

    • Razor blades
    • Tattoo needles
    • Piercing needles
    • Hypodermic needles
    • Scalpels
    • Sharp knives
    • Broken glass
  • CONTROLLED WASTE Is hair a waste product?

    Yes, in most parts of the world human hair is a waste product. However, hair should not be thrown away with your general waste, as it can take one to two years to decompose in landfill. Instead, it could be used for compost or donated to make wigs (depending on the type and amount).

    Find out more about hair salon waste

  • CONTROLLED WASTE Why is it important to minimise waste in a beauty salon?

    Reducing beauty salon waste is important as it minimises the amount of rubbish you send to landfill. This helps protect the environment by avoiding further contributions to pollution caused by waste rotting away, and it cuts the amount of landfill tax you must pay. Recycling salon waste is good, but still requires energy, so removing waste at the source is better.

    Minimising waste in your salon also shows to current and potential clients that your business cares for the planet and takes action to make a positive difference. Salon waste is also varied, so opportunities to reduce the amount are high.

  • CONTROLLED WASTE How do beauty salons reduce waste?

    There are a few actions beauty salons can take to reduce the amount of waste produced:

    • Check and recycle product bottles where possible.
    • Consider reusable foam wraps rather than aluminium foil wraps.
    • Compost hair clippings or donate to local allotments for such use.
    • Bulk buy products such as shampoo and conditioner to reduce how many bottles you use.
    • Train employees on your salon waste management plan to encourage waste reduction and recycling.
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