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Bare acts > Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998 > Schedule II


(See rule 6)
Colour Coding and Type of Container for Disposal of Bio-Medical Wastes

Colour Coding Type of Container Waste Category
Treatment options as per Schedule I
Yellow Plastic Bag Cat.1, Cat. 2, and Cat.3,
Incineration/deep burial
Red Disinfected container/plastic bag
Cat.3, Cat.6, Cat.7, Autoclaving/Microwaving/Chemical Treatment
Blue/White Translucent Plastic bag/puncture proof container Cat.4, Cat.7. Autoclaving/Microwaving/Chemical
Treatment and destruction/shredding


1. Colour coding of waste categories with multiple treatment options as defined in Schedule I, shall be selected depending on treatment option chosen, which shall be as specified in Schedule I.

2. Waste collection bags for waste types needing incineration shall not be made of chlorinated plastics.

3. Categories 8 and 10 (liquid) do not require containers/bags.

4. Category 3 if disinfected locally need not be put in containers/bags.





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