Tattoo Waste Disposal

Tattoo and piercing studios generate two categories of waste that must be separated from general waste: sharps waste and biohazardous waste. These waste streams should be separated into their own containers as they are discarded by artists. Making proper disposal easy for your artists is the best way to encourage safe and compliant handling and separation of regulated medical waste. Trust TriHaz Solutions to properly handle your tattoo waste disposal needs.


“The Orthopaedic Center has 21 locations across Alabama and Tennessee, and TriHaz Solutions has managed our medical waste for several years. They are very responsive – “Johnny-on-the-spot” whenever I need to add a service or have a question! Before TriHaz, we had to use several vendors for our different locations, and with their bundled services, we can include secure document destruction. This is much more efficient, with one pickup and one invoice. Plus, we have no worries about compliance since our waste is being properly transported, treated, and disposed.” 

Jeremy Gaertner
Clinical Director, The Orthopaedic Center (TOC)

Why Our Tattoo Waste Disposal Services?

Highly Qualified

Our team is highly qualified and has the experience to get the job done right. With years of experience, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you with your specific needs.

Reliability & Safety

When you work with TriHaz Solutions for your tattoo shop waste disposal requirements you’re working with a reliable partner who can help you reduce risk for your patients.

We offer staff compliance training for your staff regarding OSHA, DOT, and HIPAA. This is important to ensure that your staff is up-to-date on the latest compliance regulations.

Tattoo Waste Disposal Near Me

If you work at a tattoo studio, you know how important it is to properly dispose of tattoo waste to protect both customers and artists. TriHaz Solutions has a custom, smart solution for your business. We will come to your tattoo studio and pick up, transport, treat (if necessary), and dispose of your tattoo waste so you can focus on customers. Trust TriHaz for compliant tattoo waste disposal. 

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Are Tattoo Needles Thrown Away?

Yes, tattoo needles are thrown away after a single use. Tattoo needles are considered medical sharps and biohazardous waste because they come into contact with blood and bodily fluids. To prevent the risk of cross-contamination and the spread of infectious diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV, tattoo artists adhere to strict hygiene practices. After use, needles are immediately disposed of in a designated sharps container, which is then handled according to local regulations for biohazardous waste disposal. This ensures both client safety and compliance with health and safety standards.

What Can I Do With Leftover Tattoo Ink?

Leftover tattoo ink must be handled with care due to the potential risk of contamination. If the ink is still within its expiration date and has not been contaminated, it can be stored for future use. However, it’s crucial to practice proper storage methods to prevent contamination, including keeping the ink bottles tightly sealed and away from direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. If the ink is no longer usable, contaminated, or expired, it should be disposed of according to local regulations for hazardous waste, as it may contain metals and other chemicals that could be harmful to the environment.

What Do Tattoo Artists Do With Used Needles?

Tattoo artists dispose of used needles by placing them into sharps disposal containers immediately after their use. These containers are specifically designed to be puncture-resistant and leak-proof to safely contain the needles and prevent needle-stick injuries. Once the container is full, it’s sealed and handed over to a licensed medical waste disposal service. This service ensures that the needles are treated and disposed of in a manner that complies with local regulations for biohazardous waste, such as autoclaving or incineration, to eliminate any potential health hazards associated with the used needles.

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