Why Does Biomedical Waste Need To Be Separated?
Biomedical Waste and Color Codes
These will generally include objects like blades, knives, scalpels etc.
Recyclable contaminated waste
These are items that are discarded as waste but can be recycled. These include gloves, syringes and intravenous tubes.
Mainly stuff that’s used in the lab like formalin, and other disinfectants. The waste may also include expired drugs, like antibiotics.
Usually microorganisms and vaccines along with some other stuff.
This is waste that has been removed from the body like organs, tissue and blood etc.
Usually, these are tools that may have come in contact with the body or fluids. These will include bandages and swabs etc.
Benefits of Color Coding
- Determine how biomedical waste is treated.
- Make it easier to recycle whatever can be recycled.
- Prevent the reuse of dangerous, expired or illegal chemicals.