Australian Healthcare Waste Management

While the waste management industry is large and diverse, the Australian healthcare waste management sector that deals with potentially infectious clinical waste is small and specialised.

We are an Australian Healthcare Waste Solutions Provider

Servicing Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. 180 Waste Group supplies, installs and maintains certified healthcare waste management equipment to hospitals, surgeries, clinics, laboratories, waste management transfer centres and manufacturers of medical supplies.

Managing Potentially Infectious Clinical Waste

Healthcare and medical waste is potentially infectious and hazardous. Mismanagement of healthcare waste is high risk. Our healthcare waste solutions make the handling, processing and disposal of potentially infectious healthcare waste easy and safe.

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About 180 Waste Group

An Australian Healthcare Waste Management Company

The 180 Waste Group is an enabler of clinical waste management equipment to best manage solid and liquid healthcare trade waste. The compact onsite technology uses frictional heat treatment to process potentially infectious clinical waste. The easy to use equipment produces a byproduct that is sterilised, dehydrated, odourless and easily disposed.

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Why - to solve healthcare waste management problems

How - providing technology that noticeably improves recycling outcomes

What - onsite processing/treatment of solid and liquid healthcare waste

Servicing Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. 180 Waste Group supply, install and maintain certified healthcare waste management equipment to hospitals, surgeries, clinics, laboratories, waste management transfer centres and manufacturers of medical supplies.

The 180 Waste Group offers a new approach to clinical healthcare waste management by enabling the patented solution for onsite infectious waste processing. Commercial, safety and environmental benefits are numerous as the specialised sterilisation equipment processes the waste into an unrecognisable byproduct that is a fraction of its original weight and volume.


Australian Healthcare Waste Management for Hospitals

Medical Waste Assessment

Supply & Install Medical Waste Treatment Technology

Supply & Install Healthcare Waste Treatment Solutions

Australian Healthcare Waste Management Training & Education

Education and Training

Australian Healthcare Waste Management, Service & Customer Care

Service and Customer Care


Healthcare Waste Management Glossary

Anatomic waste

Consists of recognisable body parts.

Auto-disable syringe

A specially modified disposable syringe with a fixed needle which is automatically disabled by plunger blocking after a single use.

Bloodborne pathogens

Infectious agents transmitted through exposure to blood or blood products.

Burden of disease

The health and socio-economic cost of a given medical condition on a society.

Chemical waste

Consists of/or containing chemical substances.
[Includes: laboratory chemicals; film developer; disinfectants expired or no longer needed; solvents, cleaning agents and other].

Colour coding

Designates the use of different colours for the storage of various categories of HCW.


Vessel in which waste is placed for handling, transportation, storage and/or eventual disposal. The waste container is a component of the waste package.

Cytotoxic waste

Any material contaminated with residues or preparations from Cytotoxic drugs. These drugs possess a specific destructive action on certain cells.


Chemical agent that is able to reduce the viability of microorganisms.

Disposable syringe

An all-plastic syringe designed for a single use, with a separate, steel needle. Because there is no mechanism to prevent re-use, this type of syringe may be used more than once.


Intentional burial, deposit, discharge, dumping, placing or release of any waste material into or on any air, land or water.


The functions associated with the movement of waste materials.


Healthcare Waste


Healthcare Waste Management

Healthcare wastes with high content of heavy metals

Consists of materials and equipment which include heavy metals and derivatives in their structure.
[Includes: batteries; broken thermometers; manometers].

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis caused by a virus and transmitted by exposure to blood or blood products or during sexual intercourse. It causes acute and chronic hepatitis. Chronic hepatitis B can cause liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis caused by a virus and transmitted by exposure to blood or blood products. Hepatitis C is usually chronic and can cause cirrhosis and primary liver cancer.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus, a virus transmitted through exposure to blood or blood products or during sexual intercourse. HIV causes the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).


The controlled burning of solid, liquid or gaseous wastes to produce gases and residues containing little or no combustible material.

Infection control

The activities aiming at the prevention of the spread of pathogens between patients, from healthcare workers to patients, and from patients to healthcare workers in the healthcare setting.

Infectious healthcare waste

Discarded materials from healthcare activities on humans or animals which have the potential of transmitting infectious agents to humans. These include discarded materials or equipment from the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, assessment of health status or identification purposes, that have been in contact with blood and its derivatives, tissues, tissue fluids, or wastes from infection isolation wards.
[Includes: cultures and stocks; tissues; dressings, swabs or other items soaked with blood; blood bags. Sharps, whether contaminated or not, should be considered as a subgroup of infectious healthcare waste].

Open dump

Characterised by the uncontrolled and scattered deposit of wastes.

Pharmaceutical waste

Consisting of/or containing pharmaceuticals.
[Includes: pharmaceuticals expired, no longer needed; their containers, items contaminated by or containing pharmaceuticals (bottles, boxes...)].


A microorganism capable of causing disease.

Pressurised containers

Consists of containers (full or empty) with pressurised liquid, gas or powdered materials.
[Includes: gas cylinders and cartridges; aerosol cans].

Radioactive healthcare waste

Consisting of/or containing radioactive substances.
[Includes: unused liquids from radiotherapy or laboratory research; contaminated glassware, packages or absorbent paper; urine and excreta from patients treated or tested with unsealed radionuclides; sealed sources].


The recovery and reuse of scrap or waste material for manufacturing or other purposes.


Probability that a hazard will cause harm and the severity of that harm.

Safe injection

An injection that does not harm recipients neither exposes health workers to risks or results in waste that puts communities at risk.

Safety (sharps) box

A puncture proof/liquid proof container designed to hold used sharps safely during disposal and destruction.

Safety syringe

Modified, disposable plastic syringe designed for the HC worker to disable it in a way that the needle is protected & cannot be re-used.

Sanitary landfill

Characterised by the controlled and organised deposit of wastes which is then covered regularly (daily) by the staff present on site. Appropriate engineering preparations of the site and a favourable geological setting (providing an isolation of wastes from the environment) are required.


The systematic separation of waste into designated categories.


Sharps are a subcategory of infectious healthcare waste and include objects that are sharp and can cause injuries.
[Includes: syringe needles, scalpels, infusion sets, knives, blades, broken glass].

Sterilisable syringe

Either all plastic or all glass syringe with steel needle. This type of syringe is designed for re-use after proper cleaning and sterilisation in a steam steriliser or autoclave.


The placement of waste in a suitable location where isolation, environmental and health protection and human control (e.g. radiation control, limitation of access) are provided. This is done with the intention that the waste will be subsequently retrieved for treatment and conditioning and/or disposal (or clearance of radioactive waste).


Any method, technique or process for altering the biological, chemical or physical characteristics or waste to reduce the hazards it presents and facilitate, or reduce the costs of, disposal. The basic treatment objective includes volume reduction, disinfection, neutralisation or other change of composition to reduce hazards, including removal of radionuclides from radioactive waste.

Waste management

All the activities - administrative and operational - involved in the handling, treatment, conditioning, storage, transportation and disposal of waste.