A Guide to Salon Waste

If you’re a salon owner and are conscious of the amount of waste your business produces, have you considered where it ends up? By hiring a professional waste management service, you can guarantee that your waste won’t be contributing to harmful landfill.

How to dispose of different types of salon waste

There are a few ways to dispose of salon waste, yet the most sensible method is recycling. Whichever method you choose, be sure to follow your local regulations to ensure that the waste is appropriately handled.

Recycling is the most common way to dispose of salon waste. Many salons have commercial recycling services that pick up recyclable materials like paper, plastic, and metal. If your salon doesn’t have a recycling service, you can often recycle these materials at local drop-off centres.

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Why Is Waste Management Important in a Salon?

Salon owners and operators have a responsibility to their clients, employees, and the community to ensure that their business waste is managed properly. CDDL Recycling provides a valuable service by helping to divert salon waste from landfills. This not only helps to reduce the amount of waste in our landfills, but it also helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, salon owners and operators who partner with CDDL Recycling can rest assured knowing they are taking steps to protect our environment.

What business waste do salons produce?

Clinical Waste

The typical salon generates a lot of commercial waste, much of which is recyclable. For example, most salons use hair colour products that come in aluminium tubes. These tubes can be washed and recycled. However, any spoiled foil used to colour hair, cannot be recycled. Other examples of clinical waste include wax strips, cotton pads, or any items potentially containing bodily fluids. 

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General Waste


If you have a lot of hair waste from your salon, consider recycling it for the following purposes:

  • Medical uses
  • Cleaning water pollution
  • Construction
  • Textiles

Salon recycling services like Green Live Organization (GLO) can help salons recycle hair and contribute to the prevention of oil spills growing, by creating hair mops. 

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Other salon waste that can be recycled includes shampoo and conditioner bottles. By rinsing and recycling these items, salons can help to reduce their environmental impact and save money on disposal costs.

Which bins do Salons need?

Sharps bin

Every salon is required to have a regulation sharps bin. These bins are yellow with different coloured lids to determine the type of waste that will be thrown. 

General waste bin

Your general waste should be disposed of in a black bin. The size of the bin is dependent on how much waste you accumulate on a daily and weekly basis.

At CDDL Recycling, we have various sizes of bins available, from Commercial bins that are available in 240 litres (similar to a domestic wheelie bin) or 1100 Litres (larger industrial-sized bins). For more information about which bin your business might need read our blog for some clarity. 

Commercial waste removal is an important part of keeping your salon running smoothly. Make sure you have a contract set up with a licensed waste carrier so that you can rest easy knowing your waste is being taken care of properly. If you’re looking for a reliable, affordable waste management service, get in touch with us today. We would be happy to help!

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