HomeIndustryDisposal of Veterinary Waste

Disposal of
Veterinary Waste

Knowing the correct Veterinary Waste Disposal processes and regulations is essential to the health and well-being of humans, animals, and our environment. This is because a significant amount of vet waste is defined as clinical and related waste.

Clinical waste, in the context of disposal of veterinary waste, is any substance that has the potential to cause harm or disease, including:

  • animal tissue waste
  • laboratory waste and discarded sharps
  • animal body parts
  • pharmaceutical products
  • radioactive substances and cytotoxic drugs.

Therefore, most vet waste must be handled, stored, and disposed of according to the government guidelines for clinical and related waste. Ace Waste is fully licensed to provide vet waste disposal and will assist in this process, so your practice has complete peace of mind.

Keep reading to learn more about Veterinary Waste Disposal or contact our professional team for tailored advice today.

Types of Vet Waste

While a vast majority of vet waste is considered clinical, it can be broken down further into categories or ‘animal waste streams’. These include:

  • Animal waste – uncontaminated, biological vet waste.
  • Chemical waste – any waste produced from the use of chemicals during medical procedures.
  • Clinical and related waste – any infectious or contaminated waste including sharps, pharmaceuticals, biological matter etc.
  • Cytotoxic waste – any material that has been contaminated by a cytotoxic drug.
  • Radioactive waste – any substance with radioactive content including liquid scintillants, glass, vials and dry materials.

Ace Waste can provide all of the appropriate bins and containers for each vet waste stream. In addition, we can offer a dedicated waste coordinator to develop the safest, most cost-effective Veterinary Waste Disposal plan for your practice. So why not contact the Ace Waste team today?

Biological Waste in Vet Clinics

Biological vet waste, otherwise known as animal waste, has the potential to cause harm when it turns into pathological waste during the decomposition process.

It can include:

  • Animal body parts, carcasses, and tissue that is not infectious or contaminated.

  • Used animal litter and food waste that is not infectious or contaminated.

  • Faeces that are not infectious or contaminated.

It’s important to note that biological vet waste can cross over into clinical and cytotoxic waste streams during treatment or exposure. In this case, the waste should be handled and disposed of according to the hazardous waste hierarchy (e.g. cytotoxic waste is considered more dangerous than clinical waste).

For further clarification on what this means for your vet clinic, please reach out to the Ace Waste team. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Veterinary Waste Disposal Guidelines

Each state will have slightly different Veterinary Waste Disposal guidelines per waste stream, so it’s important to familiarise yourself with them for full protection. However, the waste stream guidelines can generally be divided into the following:

  • Biological animal waste

    If it is not contaminated it can be disposed of in a large, clearly labelled bin. However, if it has been contaminated, it must be segregated and disposed of in accordance with its new waste stream (e.g. clinical or cytotoxic).

  • Chemical waste

    If it is not sewerable it must be sealed in a secure, compatible container. If it is sewerable, it must be soluble with water and treated appropriately.

  • Clinical waste

    Must be disposed of in a clearly labelled, yellow plastic bag or bin.

  • Cytotoxic waste

    Should be disposed of in a clearly labelled, sturdy purple bin.

  • Radioactive waste

    Must be disposed of in a clearly labelled, sturdy red bin.

The Environmental Protection (EPA) act states that in Australia, all vet waste including biological, clinical, cytotoxic and chemical, must be incinerated.

Ace Waste’s incineration facilities and Veterinary Waste Disposal plans are sustainable, reliable and will ensure that all your vet waste is destroyed safely.

No matter how big or small your facility is, we keep up-to-date with all government and state regulations and implement any changes without delay. Enquire or call the Ace Waste team today.

Why Choose Ace Waste for your Veterinary Waste Disposal

Complete Destruction of all Harmful Pathogens

Ace Waste’s advanced, EPA approved incineration facilities ensure that all biological, clinical and cytotoxic vet waste is completely destroyed. You can trust that Ace Waste will do everything we can to protect our community and environment, from collection to disposal.

Trusted, Professional Veterinary Waste Disposal

Ace Waste can assign a dedicated, experienced vet waste coordinator to develop a foolproof, cost-effective waste management plan for your practice. We also offer waste education programs to increase awareness of the impact of incorrect Veterinary Waste Disposal.

Environmentally Conscious Veterinary Waste Disposal

Ace Waste’s advanced combustion process produces 90% less landfill waste than alternative treatment and landfill solutions. With Ace Waste, you can trust that your Veterinary Waste Disposal plan will align with all Australian and state regulations, protecting you from costly infringements and potentially dangerous exposure.

Trackable Veterinary Waste Disposal Services

At Ace Waste, we provide a live tracking system that allows you to track your vet waste in real-time, allowing an efficient, transparent collection and disposal service. Experience complete peace of mind and organise your very own Veterinary Waste Disposal plan with Ace Waste today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have some queries? See if we can help answer some of them.

  • How does your veterinary waste service work?

    Our service process is quite simple: we supply the waste containers and collect them as per the agreed schedule. We will then dispose of them in our incineration facility, where all waste will be completely destroyed.

  • Can I bring vet waste to your facility for disposal?

    Ace Waste currently provides a full clinical waste collection and disposal service for our clients. If you would like to discuss options regarding the disposal of waste please contact our team at your nearest facility to discuss.

    Please see our Contact Us page for more details.

  • Can I use my own bin?

    Ace Waste will supply any necessary bins and containers for the safe disposal and collection of the clinical waste.

    Please also see our full list of Clinical waste disposal bins.

  • Does the Ace Waste driver decant the waste from the bin?

    Ace Waste provides an exchange service for all waste containers. In this process, all supplied waste containers are brought back to our facility for weighing, emptying and disposal of the waste material. The containers are then cleaned prior to being returned.

    Please see our list of available Waste disposal services.

  • Can I dispose of Sharps Containers purchased elsewhere?

    Yes, sharps containers can also be placed into Ace Waste supplied Clinical Waste bin to ensure the safe collection, transport and disposal of the waste.

    Additionally, all sharps containers can be collected and disposed of by Ace Waste.

    Ace Waste can also supply new containers at the time of service. Please see our list of available Products.

  • Do I need an account?

    Ace Waste offers pay in advance/cash sale options for everything except ongoing services relating to Ace’s assets. Talk to our team and we can find a flexible solution for you.

  • Is there a minimum contract?

    There are no minimum contracts when it comes to working with Ace Waste.

    Please Contact Us for any enquiries you might have.

  • Can I pay using a credit card?

    Ace Waste provides the ability to pay using credit card. Please contact our team to assist with your payment. Unfortunately, we do not accept American Express cards (AMEX).

    Please see our Contact Us page for details.


Simply fill out the form or give us a call to obtain a quote or get more info on any of products and services.

1300 850 901

Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM

Servicing Victoria
and Queensland

"*" indicates required fields

I am interested in the following service/services:
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.