Dental Waste Disposal
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Dental & Aesthetic Waste Management: Stay Compliant & Eco-Friendly
Are you a dental practice owner or manager? It’s crucial to understand your legal responsibility for the waste your practice generates. Ensure proper disposal and compliance with updated regulations with our comprehensive waste management solutions.
Dental Waste – The new Rules for 2024!
Replacing the 2013 version the updated healthcare waste guidelines HTM 07-01 now aligns with NHS goals for a net-zero health system.
The Key changes target waste reduction, better classification, and improved management, with ambitious goals 20% for incineration, 20% for alternative treatment, and 60% as offensive waste.
HTM 07-01 introduces the waste hierarchy, emphasizing practices to minimize waste through prevention, repurposing, recycling, and responsible disposal. The guidelines also tackle single-use plastic reduction in line with government policies and NHS’s net-zero commitment by 2050.
The ‘Five Rs’ framework helps sustainability in purchasing decisions by considering reducing, reusing, reprocessing, repurposing, and recycling items. The document classifies waste into clinical, offensive, and non-clinical, differentiating between non-hazardous and hazardous waste.
To align with the 20-20-60 waste protocol, ‘tiger’ bags are introduced for offensive waste from non-infectious patients. Proper segregation is crucial, including items like non-infectious PPE, dressings, and nappy waste.
For infectious waste, disposal continues using orange clinical waste bags or yellow sharps containers. This strategy aims to reduce hazardous waste by 20% and increase offensive waste by 60%, leading to changes in waste disposal areas and the introduction of new bins.
Download the PDF here HTM 07-01
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Stay Compliant, Stay Safe: Hazardous waste regulations require proper disposal of dental waste. Non-compliance can lead to substantial fines and risks to patients and employees.
Ensure Responsible Waste Management: Register with the Environmental Agency and work with accredited waste carriers for safe disposal. Our solutions ensure full compliance and proper documentation.
Don’t risk fines or environmental harm—partner with us for efficient, compliant, and eco-friendly waste management solutions tailored to your dental practice.
Sustainable Waste Disposal by Green Circle Direct
For a Dental Practice carrying out everyday operations – be that for Hygienist, Surgeon, Orthodontist – waste of all types is produced. From Amalgam “Dental Chair Packages” (Cap Guard, Bridges / Crowns), Amalgam gypsum waste, extracted teeth, sharps, sterilising chemicals, used swabs, specialist equipment and tools – to the more general waste used in most businesses.
What makes up the dental & Aesthetic waste?
The definition of Healthcare Waste (or medical/clinical) is defined by the Controlled Waste Regulations Act 2012 (*1) as:
“any waste which consists wholly or partly of human or animal tissue, blood or other body fluids, excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs or dressings, syringes, needles or other sharp instruments, being waste which unless rendered safe may prove hazardous to any person coming into contact with it; other waste arising from medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical or similar practice, investigation, treatment, care, teaching or research, or the collection of blood for transfusion, being waste which may cause infection to any person coming into contact with it.”
In addition for the Practice carrying out aesthetics “tweakments” such as fillers and Botox, in addition to the more traditional dental practices, this includes all the sharps used (be that injections, scalpels / blades, used cups etc) and also the “soft waste” such as couch roll, swabs, any PPE used etc.
By ensuring you work with a fully registered and ethically validated service provider – which all Green Circle Direct suppliers are – you can rest assured your waste is going to the right place & being disposed of correctly!
Here at Green Circle Direct we can take away the stress and strain of ensuring the highest quality of workplace services are in place, ensuring you are legally compliant across both services and product provision – whilst at the same time helping to keep our planet safe and sustainable.
The service provision from Green Circle Direct keeps you compliant – providing the obligatory consignment note and waste declaration form every time a collection is made – all downloadable from your digital account at a moment’s notice – vital for any inspection.
Everything we do is focussed on supporting our customers’ workplaces and helping our planet. Through collaborating with a global network of trusted ethical and sustainable providers of services and products, we ensure our portfolio remains balanced and relevant – from service delivery through to regulatory requirements.
Our Green Circle Direct partner network has in depth experience and expertise in the management and disposal of hazardous waste – giving you the peace of mind that all of your waste is disposed of ethically and in accordance with UK legislation. From the right bins to the right documentation we will have you covered and leave you to concentrate on the vital servicing of your very own customers and patients. Sustainable Waste Disposal. Zero to Landfill. Safe, compliant & no hidden costs!
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Looking after Your Workplace & Our Planet
How does the Dental Waste Disposal Work & how is it disposed of?
As a producer of Dental waste you are legally required to classify and describe the waste. The reason the accountability sits with the producer is to be able to provide a full audit trail.
This is done through documentation describing the waste and other relevant details known as
Duty of Care Waste Transfer Notes & Hazardous/Special Waste Consignment Notes
This also has the objectives of:
preventing any other persons committing the offences of depositing, disposing of or recovering controlled waste without an environmental permit or waste management licence.
Safely containing the waste and preventing escape spills
Ensuring the waste transfer only goes to authorised establishments for final regulated disposal.
Mixing waste is prohibited in England and Wales under Duty of Care and the Hazardous Waste Regulations.
Not only does this help to keep us all safe it has a massive impact on protecting both our home / local environment and that of our global planet too.
It really is “acting local and thinking Global”
We’ve put together a really useful diagram below that simply shows you what to put where to keep you safe and compliant.