Beautician Waste

Beauty Salon Waste

Your clinical waste products

Beauty treatments generate large amounts of waste, from waxing strips to acupuncture needles and everything in between. The difficulty for new salon owners is often devising a beauty waste management plan that ensures clinical waste is separated from domestic waste, sharps are in the right container and everything that can be recycled is going into the correct bag.

We help beauty salons across the South West to responsibly dispose of their waste every year, through regular collections that fit around the salon times and visits from our site advisors on request. For those who are new to beauty waste or simply need a knowledge refresh, we have written a short guide to help you understand the relevant types of waste in the beauty industry and which bins to use.

Clinical Waste

Bagged, soft clinical wastes are split into two distinct categories: Infectious/potentially infectious (orange bag) and non- infectious, known as offensive waste (Yellow /Black stripe). We strongly advise that these are made available in every beauty treatment room in your salon.

Once you know your client has no infection or not, you can determine which bag is to be used, either Orange or Yellow /Black stripe. Items that must be placed in bags include cotton wool buds, wax strips, pads etc. Absolutely nothing sharp, that could puncture the bag, can be placed here.

Sharps Waste

There are three different types of sharps waste, all of which are defined by how they have been used and differentiated by a lid colouring system:

The orange lid: This bin is for sharps that have NO medicinal or chemical contamination, which would include blades, acupuncture needles, and tattoo needles.

The yellow lid: This bin is for sharps that have been contaminated with medical or chemical residues, no matter how small an amount, such as local anesthetic needles, micropigmentation pens, etc.

The purple lid: This bin is for hazardous sharps that have been contaminated with cytotoxic or cytostatic medicinal products. It would be used after beauty treatments such as botox, hormones, and steroids.

Can I put all of my waste in one bag?

There are many things to consider when disposing of your waste as you may have a mixture:
  • Offensive (tiger stripe sacks) for outer dressings and protective clothing, e.g. masks, gowns and gloves that are not contaminated with body fluids.
  • Hazardous (orange sacks) waste which contain human tissue, blood or other bodily fluids, excretions, swabs or dressings.
  • Needles/sharps, which need to be disposed of in UN Approved sharps boxes.
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