Offensive Waste Service


Non-hazardous waste removal

Offensive waste is non-hazardous but still requires special labelling, storage and disposal. Even for non-hazardous materials, there are still stringent requirements for how such waste must be labelled, stored, collected and treated.

Offensive/hygiene wastes are product not known to be infectious. The waste can also be offensive in appearance and smell. When handled, there is a mimimal health risk, which should be assessed, and  precautions should be implemented. However, provided the waste is appropriately wrapped, properly handled and free from excess liquid, the risk of ill health is considered to be low.

Offensive/hygiene waste includes:
¦ human and animal waste (faeces);
¦ incontinence pads;
¦ catheter and stoma bags;
¦ nappies;
¦ sanitary waste;
¦ nasal secretions;
¦ sputum;
¦ condoms;
¦ urine;
¦ vomit and soiled human bedding from a non-infectious source;
¦ medical/veterinary items of disposable equipment such as gowns etc;
¦ plasters (minor first aid or self care) generated by personal use;
¦ animal hygiene waste (eg animal bedding);
¦ waste from non-healthcare activities, eg waste from body piercing or application oftattoos (excluding sharps).

Municipal waste from domestic first aid and self care – of a type that does not involve thenee

Offensive Waste Service