disposing of sharps

Disposable containers are the kind that can only be used once unlike reusable containers that can be used a couple of times. They are made from different materials that make them suitable for single or multiple uses.

Trikon Clinical Waste offers the best reusable containers that can be used for a long time. The reusable containers are not only cost-friendly but also durable. The fact that they can be used multiple times helps reduce the risk to the environment due to the plastic sharps containers.

In this article, we will highlight the differences between disposable and reusable containers. What’s your pick?

The Benefits of Reusable Sharps Containers

1. Safe and Compliant With UK Regulations

The reusable sharps containers are safe and don’t pose any kind of threat to the environment. There won’t be any unnecessary burning of disposable containers that will produce harmful fumes in the environment.

2. Great Design

The reusable containers are made of superior and safe engineering design. They come with security locks to prevent the waste from spilling out of the containers. The overfill prevention mechanisms will ensure everyone in the facility stays safe.

Also, for the fact that they are large, they reduce the pickup frequencies. Additionally, its water-tight seal prevents any kind of leakage,

3. Cost-Friendly

Reusable containers are cost-friendly and since they can be reused, you can remove the cost of purchasing the containers.  You can use the money to buy more reusable containers to ensure they are enough in the facility.

4. Accessories

The reusable containers come with additional accessories that make them easy to be mounted on the wall. You can also place them in strategic locations that won’t disrupt anyone or cause any damage.

5. Proper Maintenance

At TCW not only do we provide reusable containers but also maintenance. We carry out six-stage decontamination and sanitation to ensure we get rid of all bacteria and germs. Therefore, you are assured of clean containers.

The Environmental Impact of Reusable Containers

Even when the waste management company collects the filled reusable containers, they don’t destroy them, instead, they disinfect them. Only the waste is destroyed, therefore, this reduces the negative environmental impact if the containers had been incinerated.

The TCW reusable containers undergo a vigorous cleaning process to prevent any germ or bacteria from being retained and causing any future damage.

As much as reusable containers are environmentally friendly, the process of decontamination, cleaning, and energy required for the cleaning can cause a negative impact.

The Difference Between Reusable and Disposable Containers

1. Disposable Containers

The disposable sharps containers are destroyed along with the wastes which ensure that no germs or bacteria can escape. The disposable type of containers is often packed in single-use cardboard boxes to make it easier for distribution.

The disposable destruction process requires the use of valuable energy resources when containers are treated. The main method is incineration and autoclaving.

Additionally, for every disposable sharps container used, another new one must be manufactured for replacement which uses energy. In most cases, they are used in the disposal of sharps materials.

2. Reusable Containers

On the other hand, once reusable containers are filled and collected from various facilities only the waste inside is disposed of and destroyed. This lessens the environmental impact of discarded plastic.

However, the waste matter must be disposed of off well to prevent any contamination. Ideally, they are more beneficial to use than disposable ones. Many benefits come with the use of reusable containers.


The reusable containers are durable, cost-friendly, and highly effective. Therefore, if working in a busy facility, the recyclables are the best to opt for based on the sensitive matters disposed of there. However, you can have a few disposable containers in your facility.

At TCW we offer some remarkable reusable containers that you can use in your facility. Consult us to get the most ideal containers to keep your facility clean, safe, and free from any contamination.

We will collect the waste, and return the reusable container after proper disinfection. What are you waiting for? Contact us today!

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