There are a number of different waste products associated with General Dental Practice. It is important to ensure that they are separated and disposed of correctly ensuring that risks or potential risks of contamination or infection both within and external to the practice are minimised.
Yellow lidded sharps bins contain hazardous waste. Examples of items found in this bin include used local anaesthetic cartridges, needles, scalpel blades and suture needles.
Special waste is also considered hazardous includes materials such as amalgam and x-ray chemicals which are all collected and disposed of by an outside company
Soft Clinical Waste is also considered hazardous and is disposed of in Orange bags which are then collected and correctly disposed of by an outside company. Examples of items found in clinical waste are blood contaminated dressings, Personal protective equipment and swabs.