Red and yellow biohazard bags are commonly used in hospitals, dental clinics, practitioner’s clinics, and medical centers to dispose of waste. You shouldn’t use them at home to dispose of your kitchen and household wastes. The black paper bags are specialised for that function.

The uniquely colored biohazard bags should have different types of waste, but some doctors, dentists, surgeons, and nurses, tend to mix them. Such a mistake can really be dangerous to the environment.

If the blood-contaminated items reach the environment they can lead to the spread of certain diseases. If syringes or other contaminated wastes are displaced in the hospitals, it can lead to the spread of diseases to other patients, staff members, or medical professionals.

Additionally, if syringes get displaced on the streets, children can hurt themselves while playing. Therefore, you should use different biohazard bags to dispose of medical waste effectively.

How to Use the Red Biohazard Bags

The red biohazard bags are meant to collect human anatomy waste. These kinds of wastes include semen, saliva, tissues, organs, animal corpses, blood, blood-contaminated items, and other body fluids.

The most hazardous wastes are kept in red biohazard bags. Once done, tie the bag well for disposal.

The biohazard bags should be stored in rigid containers that have tight-fitting lids and labeled using the “biohazard” word & symbol. The storage area should be in a secure location to protect the waste from any kind of theft, weather exposure, or animals.

Additionally, the storage area should be clean and well-ventilated to prevent rodent or insect infestation. The storage area should only be accessible to authorized personnel.

What shouldn’t be Disposed of in the Red Biohazard Bags?

Some of the items that shouldn’t be disposed of in the red biohazard bags include

  • Chemicals
  • Serviettes
  • Alcohol
  • Solvents
  • Lead
  • Pharmaceutical wastes
  • Pipes
  • Food wrappers
  • Drink containers.
  • Radioactive waste
  • Chemotherapy waste
  • Thermometers
  • Mercury-containing dental waste.

How to Use the Yellow Biohazard Bags

The yellow biohazard bags are used to dispose of swabs, dressings, paper towels, gloves, aprons, diapers, and cushions. Additionally, they can be used to collect medical bags, metal parts, and some syringe bodies.

If there is any blood-contaminated item. Don’t place it inside the yellow biohazard bags. They should be disposed of in red biohazard bags. Once done, tie and dispose of the yellow biohazard bags effectively.

What Shouldn’t be Disposed of in the Yellow Biohazard Bags?

Some of the things that you shouldn’t dispose of in the yellow biohazard bags include:

  • Pathological wastes
  • Anatomical wastes
  • Domestic waste
  • Placental waste or no-infectious wastes

How to Handle the Yellow and Red Biohazard Bags

Once the biohazard bags are filled up, ensure to put a label on the bags. Seal the bag after you are done putting all the medical waste in the yellow and red biohazard bags.

While handling the bags ensure you have gloves, masks, or goggles to prevent any of the waste from reaching you. The trash will be collected by licensed medical wastes and not the normal waste agents.


It is crucial to handle medical waste properly to prevent environmental contamination or infectious diseases spread. Therefore, medical professionals need to adhere to the regulations to prevent any unnecessary contamination.

Awareness creation can also help reduce such risks from occurring. Proper sanitization and hygienic practices can help prevent many unnecessary injuries.

Medical wastes are more dangerous than most normal wastes, therefore, it is important to be careful when dealing with such.

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