Tattoo shop waste disposal: Is there anything more Australian than a tattoo in 2018. Australia used to be a nation of cricket, cups of tea and quarter acre blocks. Now it seems we are the country of artisan espresso, hipster beards and full sleeve tattoos.


Many of our customers operate tattoo parlours throughout Australia – and a very common question is what sort of bins do I need for tattoo shop waste disposal.


Customers want to ensure a clean and safe environment and also be compliant with any relevant legislation.


A bit about Waster

Waster works with small and medium Aussie companies to boost recycling and keep their costs low.


We provide all related services (business garbage collection) from general waste bins to recycling, sanitary bins and medical waste bins that a tattoo parlour would require.


You can easily and securely arrange your services online by hitting the banner below:

What is tattoo shop waste disposal?

A tattoo shop will require general waste and recycling services like any other business of course. A standard 240 litre wheelie bin can be very appropriate dependent on the size of your shop etc.


Do I also require a medical waste bin?


According to Health NSW:


“Tattooist and other body art practitioners conduct procedures that involve skin penetration. Because ‘skin penetration’ carries a risk of infection, the premises and procedures where skin penetration is conducted must comply with the Public Health Regulation, 2012.​”


This website explains that the parlour must have an adequate waste disposal bin and also:

Tattoo parlour waste disposal


“If needles are used in any skin penetration procedure, they must be single use and disposed into an appropriate sharps container which complies with AS/NZS 4261:1994 Reusable containers for the collection of sharp items used in human and animal medical applications, or AS 4031 – 1992 Non-reusable containers for the collection of sharp medical items used in health care areas.”




The Tasmania DHHS explains:


“Infectious waste, such as blood-stained swabs and blood-contaminated gloves, produced on the premises must be placed into a bin clearly marked “infectious waste” and kept out of reach of children.”


Medical waste bin:


You can easily arrange a medical waste bin in 120 litre or 240 litre sizes for your business.


You can also dispose of a sealed sharps container inside the medical waste bin for no extra cost on collection.




Arranging your required services can be really easy – and is not that expensive – considering that sharps can be disposed off in the medical waste bin at no extra charge (when in a sealed sharps container).


This will ensure you comply with relevant legislation – and focus on what you do best!”