What waste do tattooists and body artists produce?
Plastic protective coverings
Needles & sharps.
WEEE waste (Machinery)
The vast majority of this waste will likely fall under the umbrella of clinical offensive waste. This is due to the fact that it is non-infectious but could be slightly unpleasant to handle due to the context in which it was used. However, sharps waste (needles, lancets, etc.) are classified as hazardous waste since they can pierce and puncture the skin or lead to the spread of infections. As such, all waste produced within a tattoo parlour must be handled carefully and with the utmost discretion.
Tattoo Waste Disposal
How do you dispose of tattoo waste?
Offensive Tattoo Waste. Offensive tattoo waste products such as bandages, dressings, and cotton swabs can be disposed of at a specialist recycling centre. Here, the products are sterilized, placed in an autoclave, heated and shredded. They are then sorted into recyclable and non-recyclable materials and disposed of accordingly.
Sharps Waste. While some forms of sharp waste, such as tapers and piercing needles, can be autoclaved, needles and tattoo needles will need to be disposed of through incineration due to the threats associated with this kind of waste.
What containers are required to store tattoo waste?
Orange-lidded sharps bins. Orange-lidded sharps bins are designed for non-pharmaceutical sharp waste, such as tattoo and piercing needles. They are lockable and made from highly durable materials that cannot easily get pierced or damaged.
Offensive waste wheelie bins. These bins are available in various sizes, from 120L to 1100L, depending upon the volume of waste you are producing, you will need to purchase the correct clinical waste bags.
Are tattoo needles recycled? How are they disposed of?
What can you do with leftover tattoo ink?
Ink waste should be stored in specialist containers after use so that the products do not leak or spill.
How can Tattoo Artists reduce waste and be green?
Recycle wherever possible.
Switch to a renewable energy source.
Purchase sustainable products for use at your business. For example, you could purchase ink cups that are made from recycled paper as opposed to plastic.
Tattoo Parlour Waste Collection
How business waste can help.
At Business Waste, we can help your tattoo parlour or studio become more environmentally friendly by helping you gain better control over your waste. Together, we can devise an expert waste management plan that is specifically tailored to your company. This way, you can minimize waste at the source, promote recycling and ensure that all of your waste is disposed of safely. We also offer flexible waste collection plans depending upon the volume of waste you produce. For example, we could collect (and dispose of) your waste on a daily basis or pop by once a month.
Not only is our approach to waste management incredibly flexible, but we’re also cost-effective – as we don’t think that protecting the planet should come with a price tag. As such, we offer incredibly low collection costs, alongside providing you with free bins and storage containers.