What Is The Difference Between Offensive And Hazardous Waste?

It can be confusing to navigate the world of waste. There are many regulations, laws, and rules that you don't understand, making it easy to get lost. We have 50 years of experience working with businesses of all sizes and in a range of industries throughout the UK and can tell you that many organizations don't know the difference between hazardous and offensive waste. You can find the best waste oil recycling services for the requirement of your industry.

Offensive Waste

Non-clinical waste that is not infected and does not contain any pharmaceutical or chemical substances is considered offensive waste. However, it can be unpleasant for anyone who comes in contact with it. If properly separated, the residual health risk from offensive waste is low.

Municipal offensive waste (i.e. Hygiene and sanitary protection such as nappies and incontinence pad;


Healthcare offensive waste (i.e. Protective clothing, such as gloves, masks, gowns, and outer coverings that aren’t contaminated by body fluids or sterilized laboratory refuse.

Inoffensive waste doesn't need to be transported in the same way as dangerous goods. The cost of collection and disposal of offensive waste is much lower than that for hazardous or clinical waste. But, it is important to remember that the safe disposal of offensive materials is a sensitive and critical issue that must be addressed in every workplace. Cross-infection can lead to illness and infection.

Offensive waste could include:

  • Human and animal wastes from non-infectious sources
  • Disposable medical/veterinary equipment, such as gowns and plaster casts, etc.
  • Plasters are minor first aid or self-care products that can be made by the user.
  • Animal hygiene wastes (animal bedding and dog feces, etc.)
  • Non-healthcare wastes, such as wastes from body piercings or tattoo applications.