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Guide Colour Coding Guide

Confused about healthcare waste colour codes?

The correct segregation of healthcare waste onsite is vital to ensure that waste is stored, transported and ultimately disposed of in the correct manner to comply with clinical waste regulations.

The Department of Health Safe Management of Healthcare Waste Memorandum outlines a best practice waste segregation colour coding scheme for producers of hazardous and non-hazardous waste to follow.

Our helpful guide shows the various colour codes for each waste type, whether the waste is hazardous or non-hazardous and the relevant EWC codes to describe the waste. Get in touch with a member of our team to find out how our services can help you ensure you are compliant.

Cytotoxic / Cytostatic


  • Waste consisting of, or contaminated with, cytotoxic and/or cytostatic products which requires disposal by incineration.
  • EWC Code(s)
  • HUMAN 180103*, 180108*
  • ANIMAL 180202*, 180207*


  • Blister packs
  • Tablets in containers
  • Unopened medicine vials
  • Patches
  • Gloves, gowns, aprons, wipes contaminated with cytotoxic and/or cytostatic medicines


Colour Coding Guide