Waste Disposal

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.

Hazardous Waste

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.

Clinical waste

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.

Special Waste

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

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Website last update April 2020