Segregation of Clinical Waste

All practitioners that produce both hazardous and non-hazardous clinical waste should adopt the practice of segregating their wastes.

Failure to segregate hazardous from non-hazardous waste will mean that the entire waste stream will need to be classified as hazardous and consigned for appropriate treatment recovery and disposal. This will result in to an inappropriate method of disposal and an increased cost to the producer.

The table below illustrates the European Waste Colour Codes that must be used to identify and correctly segregate healthcare waste.