COVID Waste Disposal  

Supporting NHS Trusts and Clinics with the collection and disposal of COVID-19 vaccine vials and contaminated sharps 

As the industry leader in safety engineered devices for the containment of sharps and pharmaceuticals, we pride ourselves as experts in the safe and compliant management of all vaccines, sharps and pharmaceutical waste. In the last nine months across the United Kingdom we have been ensuring inventory to accommodate the surge of both pharmaceutical and sharps containers required for disposal of COVID-19 vaccines or near-empty sharps as well as strengthening our service infrastructure to effectively respond to, and support any increase in demand.

COVID-19 Vaccine Disposal Management | An Integrated Partnership 

An integral part of COVID-19 vaccine administration is not only temperature-controlled storage requirements of non-administered vaccines, but also the safe and compliant disposal of utilised syringes with trace amounts of vaccines, near-empty vials and expired medications. As a full service partner, Sharpsmart manages every aspect of COVID-19 vaccine collection and disposal for UK healthcare organisations, from the provision of industry-leading hands-freesharps and pharmaceutical waste container systems, through to the compliant collection, transport and waste treatment of bulk vaccine supply or contaminated sharps


Understand our Approach to COVID-19 Waste


The Sharpsmart Pharmaceutical container system brings a new standard of clinical security to COVID-19 vaccine vial and residual liquid disposal

Incorrectly disposed or unsecured vaccines and medications can have a detrimental affect on the environment as well as posing extreme risk to people who come into unauthorised contact. Since the onset of the coronavirus in the UK, Sharpsmart has been partnering with NHS trusts and government bodies to facilitate bulk rollout of our Sharpsmart containers at COVID testing sites and vaccination popup facilities.

The Sharpsmart sharps container has been recognised to not only comply with, but exceed government guidelines, positioning it as the safest choice for partially used vials, sharps and COVID vaccine residue. Designed as a hands-free system with inbuilt permanent security locks, anti-shatter and impenetrable plastic, leakproof seals and hands-free design, our purpose-designed pharmaceutical container system eliminates cross-contamination risk and protects clinical staff in COVID-19 vaccine or vial disposal.


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Environmentally focused COVID-19 vaccine waste solutions for every sized patient-care facility


With one of the largest clinical service capabilities in the UK, we have national expertise in healthcare regulations and clinical support services for all sized facilities, from nursing homes to NHS Trusts.


All Sharpsmart serices and methodologies are designed with a clinical-first focus; containers that eliminate touch and cross-contamination, robotic washing that achieves maximum sanitisation, solutions designed for patient care. 


We have containers, education, vans and people ready to support on scale; we have invested heavily in contingency planning to ensure that we are able to support UK healthcare in its time of need.


Serving UK healthcare for almost 20 years, we have compliance, education and clinical experts that can provide up to date guidance on complaint segregation, disposal and changing regulations.

The Safety-Designed Sharpsmart containers protect users in vaccine disposal by
eliminating "touch" and unauthorised container retrieval; safety features include: 


Sharpsmarts’ trolleys and wall mounts facilitate hands-free sharps and vaccine disposal; while our robotic container washing + sanitisation process eliminates contamination risk.  


Key-lockable brackets secure Sharpsmart pharmacuetical containers to walls, eliminating risk of unauthorised removal, tampering or misuse of disposed vaccines and vials.  


Each pharmaceutical container is designed with an inbuilt safety tray that eliminates hand-access to contents and protects against content overfill and injury risk.


The Sharpsmart pharmacuetical containers are engineered with inbuilt permanent locks and a hand-restricting opening to eliminate container tampering or retrieval of contents.

"Major reduction in sharps injuries"

Since the changeover to Sharpsmart, we have seen a major reduction in sharps injuries. The Sharpsmart container has a built in 3/4 full feature that prevents overfilling and is completely secure. The container is much stronger and thicker than disposables and you don't have to assemble them. I used to get complaints daily from various departments about our old system, I can honestly say I can't recall a single complaint about Sharpsmart containers.

Peter Clayton, EVS Director

Fairview Group, Minneapolis

"Would recommend to everyone..."

We are extremely pleased with the service we are receiving from Sharpsmart. The sharps bins are a lot safer than what we were previously using and can be wall mounted really easily. Collections are always on time and consignment notes provided. We would recommend Sharpsmart to anyone and everyone.

Dental Elements, Leatherhead Surrey

"Reducing Needlestick Injuries by 50%..."

The Sharpsmart program has been extremely successful in reducing our needlestick injuries by 50% and their service capability can’t be beat. We are a two hospital system and have enjoyed our decision and their success and will continue to use them.

Paula J Fasick, Director of Materials Management

Upper Chesapeake Health

"Sustainability is Incredible..."

We've used Sharpsmart for over four years. The traceable sustainability of the Sharpsmart containers is incredible.

Clare Topping, Energy & Sustainability Manager

Northampton General Hospital

"Drive Safe Clinical Practices..."

As a product, Sharpsmart has proved its place in the busy hospital environment. The sharps containers are easy to identify, sturdy and secure. Staff love the idea of the carts which ensure sharps can be disposed of safely and immediately after they been used maximising safe clinical practices

Marja Thomas, Infection Control Nurse

University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire