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Different Types of Hospital Waste

Proper disposal of hospital wastes is a must. With that said, there should be enough knowledge about the types of wastes seen in hospitals to dispose of them properly.
There are two types of hospital waste and are subdivided into different categories. Here are the lists of different types of hospital waste you should know about.

Risk Waste

This first type of hospital waste involves harmful substances or infectious agents that would seriously damage individuals residing in the hospital, especially patients. Risk waste consists of seven categories.
1. Pharmaceutical waste
2. Radioactive waste
3. Genotoxic waste
4. Infectious waste
5. Sharps
6. Chemical waste
7. Pathological waste

Non-Risk waste

It is a type of hospital waste that does not pose a risk to the hospital's entirety. Wastes being used that belong to this type almost always come from everyone who goes to the institution.

 It includes the hospital staff, such as in the nursing station, patients, and relatives who stay in the hospital and even in the cafeteria.
Some examples of non-risk wastes are:
1. Empty boxes used by staffs for packaging
2. Papers that are of no importance that are used before by nurses, staffs, and even doctors
3. Food wastes such as fruit peelings and uneaten meals by patients and their relatives, hospital staffs, specifically in the cafeteria
4. Empty water bottles


Knowing the different types of hospital wastes will be helpful in the segregation of these things. Waste disposal would be easier and faster if people inside the institution have a clearer idea of what kind of waste they are using. It would also pose less risk to everyone, ensuring a safe and healthier environment.