Biomedical waste comprises harmful materials in the solid or liquid state released from healthcare facilities like hospitals, medical camps, etc. It is extremely dangerous and can give rise to major infections fatal in nature; hence, it is a global issue. To mitigate the major health implications, biomedical waste management is critical.

What makes up for Biomedical Waste?

Human tissues, contaminated blood, bodily fluids, abandoned pharmaceuticals, drugs, contaminated cotton, bandages, and sharps such as needles, glass, blades, scalpels, and lancets makeup biomedical waste. They are contaminated with viruses and bacteria which can easily affect the person coming in contact with it.

How to Segregate Biomedical Waste

Proper waste segregation, storage, and disposal are essential for the effective management of biological waste inside the medical facility. The waste is divided using the colour coding scheme of waste containers mentioned below:

1. Red Bag

It contains urine bags, intravenous tubes, waste bottles, catheters, syringes and gloves. Such waste entities from hospitals or nursing homes generate a high probability of infecting someone. Hence, appropriate disposal is required.

2. Yellow Bag

This bag is used for human and animal anatomical waste, soiled waste which includes materials contaminated with body fluids or blood, like plaster, dressing casts, chemical waste, cotton swabs, expired or discarded medicines, rejected linen, mattresses, beddings that are infected with blood or body fluid.

3. Black Bag

It is used for burnt or incinerated ash and solid chemical waste.

4. White Bag

It holds waste sharps that are used to make cuts or punctures. Sharps include blades, scalpels, needles or any other used and contaminated object.

5. Blue Bag

This bag is filled up with discarded metallic body implants and glass items such as ampoules and medical vials.


To safeguard the environment and improve public health, it is a must to reduce waste creation. The medical staff needs to be thoroughly trained to behave professionally in order to prevent waste exposure and improper disposal.

Recycling medical waste reduces raw material consumption and the quantity of waste that must be disposed of in a landfill. It can significantly reduce the dangers and threats to communities which are at a risk due to hospital waste.

We at TCW are inclined to minimise healthcare-associated risk in the UK. You can be assured of professional and efficient collection of biological waste at your premises.

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