The only company to offer a complete end-to-end sharps disposal service

We are the only company to offer a complete end-to-end service for sharps management, from sharps bin collection and transportation right through to treatment at our licenced facilities.

Stericycle’s Bio Systems containers are reusable UN-approved puncture-resistant containers  that can be used up to 600 times after washing and disinfection, as opposed to single-use containers that are disposed after just one use. 

The process

We ensure that clinical waste is removed from site in a timely and efficient manner.

Once collected, the full sharps containers are taken to the Stericycle treatment facility where they are opened, emptied and disinfected using an automated wash-line that features state-of-the-art robotics.

The disinfected containers are meticulously inspected and then reassembled before they are returned to the hospital for reuse. The clean replacement sharps containers are supplied on a daily basis, which means there is no waste build up around the site.

Sharps Management Service


The Stericycle Bio Systems service significantly contributes to your sustainability measures. We are proud to operate a completely self-sufficient wash-line at our premises, with the wash line and state-of-the-art robotics system powered by our on-site Energy from Waste incinerator.  Additional benefits include:

  • For each reusable Bio Systems container used, up to 600 single-use containers are prevented from being incinerated
  • This is equivalent to running two small cars for a year (based on a typical 1200 bed NHS trust)
  • Environmental impact is reduced, compared with the disposal of containers after a single-use
  • Because as containers are reused, bulky packaging waste from the purchase of single-use containers is eliminated


Our Bio Systems service offers a range of benefits to keep your facility, staff and patients safe, including:        

  • Improved compliance, as all sharps containers arrive at the hospital assembled    
  • Proactive replacement of containers by trained technicians, eliminating over-filling of containers   
  • Flexibility to accommodate peak in demand periods with provision for bulk disposal in areas such as operating theatres          
  • Unrivalled state of the art technology with a three stage disinfection process and stringent quality controls              


Our Bio Systems service provides significant economical benefits to its users through:          

  • Self-sufficient operation of the Bio Systems wash-line, meaning we don’t need to pay for electricity to operate the system, passing on cost savings to customers         
  • Potential for insurance policy premiums to be reduced due to the reduction in the number of needlestick injuries    
  • Eliminating the requirement to purchase sharps containers in bulk, eradicating the need to dedicate valuable time to managing stock
  • Generating an average cost saving of between 10-20% against the total costs involved in operating a single-use sharps container service     


As the Bio Systems service is a complete package and not just a container, customers find the convenience unparalleled. Users can benefit from: 

  • Freeing up staff and cutting costs significantly diminishing greenhouse gases 
  • Saving space and reducing the risk of needlestick injuries
  • A choice of three container sizes, 7.5ltr, 15ltr and 30.2ltr, with corresponding wall brackets and trollies to maximise use of space 
  • Improved flexibility and convenience for your staff

HSJ Partnership Award: Clinical Support Service

The judges felt that Stericycle Bio Systems is a sustainable service with demonstrated environmental benefits.

Why Bio Systems?

Steam produced by Stericycle’s on-site waste-to-energy incinerator is used to power the Bio Systems wash-line.

 This creates a self-contained, self-sufficient and sustainable service.

Are you a large scale sharps producer?

Our Bio Systems managed service could be the solution you are looking for.

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FAQs - Bio Systems Sharps Management

How to dispose of sharps containers?

There are a number of different types of containers that can be used to dispose of sharps, depending on which waste stream is appropriate. You can find the right types of sharps containers here.

Where can I get a sharps container?

Firstly, consider the appropriate waste stream that you require containers for - you can then contact us here to discuss.

What goes in to a sharps container?

Any item with sharp edges or points that are used to or can puncture the skin in clinical environments, laboratories, health and well being facilities and training centres. This includes medical items such as needles or scalpels but can also include glass or plastics.

Are sharps containers reusable?

Sharps containers are both reusable or non reusable. Our Bio Systems containers can be reused up to 600 times, reducing environmental impact significantly when compared with single use containers.

Who is the Bio Systems Sharps Management for?

The Bio Systerms Sharps Management service can be used by any large scale sharps producer, such as hospitals, laboratories and high volume premises.

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Complete this NEW ENQUIRY form and one of our waste management specialists will contact you to discuss your specialist waste needs and provide a free quote.


If you are an EXISITING CUSTOMER please call 0333 240 4400 or email to speak to one of our customer advisors.