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Funeral Home Waste Disposal

Funeral home waste management is a sensitive area that must be dealt with respectfully, safely, and effectively. While funeral homes are not healthcare settings as such, they do produce medical waste especially that requires appropriate storage and disposal. We understand the importance of protecting your staff throughout all preparations for every funeral service.

Your trained staff must follow various legal regulations to store, remove, and dispose of any such medical waste properly. Partnering with Business Waste can help ensure your waste management service is compliant and provides the highest level of employee protection.

We appreciate the discretion and sensitivity you need to demonstrate to all your customers. Our national team of waste management professionals can help ensure your employees access the essential waste disposal resources you need, at all appropriate times, from anywhere in the UK. For a free quote simply contact us online or call 0800 211 8390 today.

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Funeral home 
medical waste disposal

Identifying all the waste generated in your funeral home is the most important factor for successful waste management. You can’t afford to throw sharps, medications, or hospital gowns into your normal commercial waste bins. Every employee needs to know exactly what materials are considered hazardous and the correct method of disposal.

For your funeral home it’s simply a case of using appropriate bins to safely store each different type of waste you produce. Then you should arrange collection by licensed waste carriers, such as through Business Waste, to transport your waste to a nearby facility for proper disposal.

Funeral home medical waste disposal methods depend on the type of waste. Most medical waste will be sent for incineration – especially any infectious or hazardous waste – to safely destroy it and remove the risk of harm to human health or the environment. Other methods may include steam sterilisation.

Our expert team handle all disposal activities, including incineration, and your certificates are proof of our compliant funeral home waste management services. We ensure incineration of biohazardous waste is carried out in the required manner. All disposal methods we use aim to avoid landfill, even when disposing of non-recyclable general waste, for a positive environmental impact.

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Funeral home 
waste bins

We can provide a wide range of funeral home waste bins, bags, and containers for free – you just pay for collection. These can safely and securely store different types of clinical waste your funeral directors produce, making it simple to separate each stream to ensure appropriate disposal.

You can rely on us to dispose of all chemical, biohazardous, and clinical waste and needles, blades, or sharps in line with current legislation. Use the relevant bins or bags provided, and we’ll handle the rest.

Explore some of the most common waste bins and bags for funeral home waste.

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  • Anatomical waste bags

    Red waste bags for storing blood, body parts, tissue, and contaminated materials such as PPE.

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  • Sharps bins

    Bins with different colour lids to store various sharps waste, including scalpels, knives, needles, and blades.

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  • Clinical infectious waste bags

    Orange bags for anything contaminated with infectious waste, such as bandages, dressings, and gloves.

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Funeral home 
waste collection

Arrange collection of any type of funeral home waste with Business Waste. We’ll provide free bins for you to safely store all waste you produce on your premises – just pay for collection. Our nationwide network means we can help with your funeral director waste wherever you’re based in the UK.

Fill each bin with appropriate waste and within any weight limits, then agree an accessible pickup point and pay for collection. Our licensed waste carriers will collect your funeral home waste and move it to a nearby facility for appropriate disposal, so you can rest assured it’s safely destroyed or recycled.

Schedule collection of your funeral waste bins, bags, and containers on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis. Choose a schedule that suits the amount and types of waste you regularly produce for the most cost-effective solution. Our team can advise on the right bins, waste bags, and collections.

Get a free quote for funeral home waste removal or simply ask our friendly and expert team any questions about our funeral home waste management services. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online today for a quick and convenient solution.

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How does funeral director 
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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What is 
funeral home waste?

Funeral home waste is any waste products your funeral directors generate. The most common type is medical waste, due to being in contact with bodily fluids, tissues, and body parts. This includes contaminated equipment you use, dressings, and more. Even general waste thrown in your office bins classes as funeral home waste and requires commercial waste disposal.

There are various types of hazardous waste that can be present in a funeral home, which requires special care for storage and disposal. Sometimes this may be infectious waste too, so understanding the various kinds of clinical waste your funeral home produces is vital for safe storage and disposal.

Some of the most common types of funeral home waste include:

  • Clinical waste – gauze and gowns often accompany bodies transported from hospitals or care facilities. These should be disposed of with diligence as they could carry tissue, blood, germs, or bodily fluids.
  • PPE – the gowns, plastic aprons and arm covers, swabs, masks, disposable gloves, gauze, and tubing used within your preparation rooms.
  • Sharps waste – such as needles, scalpels or scissors used for preparing the deceased for viewing and burial.
  • Chemical waste – embalming fluids, chlorinated compounds like trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene, and any other chemicals used in your funeral home.
  • Offensive waste – any blood, bodily fluids, and faecal matter.

Funeral home 
waste regulations

Disposing of biohazardous waste is a critical area within the funeral home sector and subject to a variety of legal regulations. Safeguarding your team members with efficient management and disposal of medical and clinical waste provides vital protection. As an owner or manager of a UK funeral home, the waste legislation that impacts your business includes:

Partner with Business Waste and you can rely on our experts to provide all essential duty of care certificates for free as part of our standard funeral home waste management package. We also offer your team all the support needed to identify different types of waste and dispose of it in the correct containers.

Our licensed waste carriers ensure your funeral directors waste is collected, transported, and disposed of in line with all relevant legislation. Your waste management compliance and overall staff safety are enhanced when you work with Business Waste for all your funeral home waste disposal needs.

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Funeral director waste

  • FUNERAL HOME Is embalming fluid a biohazard?

    Embalming fluid contains a mix of different solvents including formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, methanol, humectants, and more. It’s a common source of chemical waste in many funeral homes. Waste embalming fluid that’s contaminated may be considered hazardous waste in some cases. It’s therefore safest to treat embalming fluid as a biohazard when storing and disposing of it.

  • FUNERAL HOME Does embalming fluid go down the drain?

    As embalming fluid contains various chemicals it should not go down the drain. Any waste your funeral home creates must be treated as commercial waste, which requires proper storage, collection, and disposal by licensed waste carriers. Embalming fluid should be treated as chemical waste and disposed of safely – rather than being poured down your drain.

  • FUNERAL HOME What is hazardous waste in a funeral home?

    There are various types of hazardous waste that may be produced at a funeral home. Often this can depend on whether the items are contaminated by infectious materials, such as blood or body parts. Examples of potentially hazardous waste in a funeral home can include contaminated:

    • Needles, scalpels, and other sharps
    • Gauze and gowns accompanying the deceased
    • Gloves, gowns, and PPE worn during preparation
    • Swabs, tubing, bandages, and other items from the preparation
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