Home > Healthcare & Medical Devices > Biohazard Bags Market

Biohazard Bags Market Size By Capacity Type (Less Than 15 Gallon, 15 To 35 Gallon, More Than 35 Gallon), By Material Type (Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Plastic, High-Density Polyethylene), By End-use (Hospitals, Laboratories and Research Centres, Pharmaceutical and Biotech Companies, Chemical Industry), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

  • Report ID: GMI4636
  • Published Date: Apr 2020
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry trends

Biohazard Bags Market size was USD 200 million in 2019 and will witness a CAGR of 8% between 2020 and 2026. Biohazard bags are used to collect and dispose of infectious medical wastes such as blood products, toxic materials, heavy metals and chemical substances, among others. Depending upon the type of waste, biohazard wastes are collected in yellow, orange, or red colour plastic biohazard bags for further disposal process.

Biohazard Bags Market

Get more details on this report - Request Free Sample PDF

Moreover, the usage of biohazard bags is estimated to grow at a substantial rate due to the current outbreak of COVID-19 across the globe. These bags are widely used in nursing homes, hospitals, and long-term care facilities, that will eventually accelerate the market progression.

Increasing regulatory guidelines for proper collection and disposal of medical waste is anticipated to boost the market growth

The CDC has developed special guidelines to ensure the safety of healthcare professionals for effective handling of medical waste. The guidelines suggest that the hazardous bags must be tied properly and filled till 1/3rd proportion to avoid leakage during transportation.

Furthermore, regulations for proper collection as well as storage of medical waste Administrations (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and environmental departments. Similarly, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) published a document on the COVID-19 for addressing safe and proper handling of medical waste to ensure safety of the workers. Hence, increasing regulatory guidelines for effective disposal of medical waste will foster the industry progression.

Biohazard Bags Market By Capacity

Get more details on this report - Request Free Sample PDF

Increasing benefits of 15 to 35 gallon biohazard bag in healthcare facilities will propel the segmental progression

The 15 to 35 gallons segment was valued over USD 80 million in 2019. 15 to 35 gallon hazardous bags are ideally useful in hospitals, nursing homes, offices and other medical facilities. The 15 to 35 gallon of hazardous bags are effective for the collection of heavy metals, blood samples and toxic waste. These bags are labelled with a universal biohazard symbol for easy identification.

Additionally, such bags have 1.2 mil thickness to further avoid spills and leaks that further propel market growth. Moreover, the bags provide maximum film strength for tough applications. Thus, increasing volume of toxic and infectious medical waste will propel the segmental expansion. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, there is a rapid increase in heavy and toxic medical waste that fosters the market expansion.

Increasing usage of polypropylene material is anticipated to expand the biohazard bags market growth

The polypropylene segment accounted for around 30% revenue share in 2019. Polypropylene is a plastic polymer and is one of the most widely used plastic polymers. The biohazard bags made of propylene material are easy to open and are useful for disposing of light instruments such as used tubes, micro tips and other products. Also, bags made of polypropylene are printed with biohazard symbols for easy identification of medical waste. As polypropylene material is beneficial for collecting lightweight hazardous waste, eventually it will drive the segmental market growth.

Biohazard Bags Market Share

Get more details on this report - Request Free Sample PDF

Hospitals segment will dominate the market due to rise in the accumulation of medical waste

The hospitals segment contributed over 30% biohazard bags industry share in 2019. The hospital generates majority of the medical waste as maximum number of surgeries are performed there. Hazardous bags are used for collection and disposal of blood samples along with other infectious waste. Furthermore, hospitals generate various kinds of waste from operation theatres, wards and outpatient areas.

The medical waste generated from hospital consists of cotton, bandage, sharps and laboratory waste that can create a severe infection. Therefore, the waste must be properly collected, stored and transported to avoid infection to healthcare professionals and patients. Hence, hazardous bags in hospitals are used for collection and storage of medical waste, thereby propelling the segmental expansion.

Moreover, it is predicted that hospitals will generate higher amount of medical waste than usual due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Hence several such factors prove beneficial for the overall market progression.

Stringent regulatory guidelines for effective collection and disposal of medical waste in Asia Pacific aids in the regional market growth

Asia Pacific biohazard bags market share will witness around 9% CAGR during 2020 to 2026. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) released guidelines for handling, storage and safe disposal of medical waste while treating the COVID-19 affected patients. The guidelines stated that the double-layered hazardous bag must be used for the collection of waste to avoid leakage and spill.

Additionally, biomedical waste generated during the COVID-19 needs to be placed separately in a yellow-colored hazardous bag to avoid mixing with other waste. Thus, increasing guidelines for collection of medical waste will lead to increasing demand for biohazard bags in this region, thereby propelling the market growth.

Increasing adoption of new guidelines by prominent industry players for proper disposal of medical waste will accelerate the business expansion

Some of the prominent market players operating in the biohazard bags market share include Biomedical Waste Solutions, Clean Harbors, Stericycle, Veolia, Daniels Health, Abdos Labtech Private Limited, Transcendia, Fisher Scientific, SUEZ and Sharps Compliance, Inc.

  • BioMedical Waste Solutions adopted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to effective disposal of the medical waste. The OSHA has well established procedure for dealing with medical waste hazards.
  • Stericycle follows the CDC guidelines related to packaging and storage of medical waste due to the outbreak of coronavirus. These guidelines assist the company in simplifying procedures for collection and disposal of the COVID 19 medical waste. 

The biohazard bags industry research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2015 to 2026, for the following segments:

By Capacity Type

  • Less than 15 gallon
  • 15 to 35 gallon
  • More than 35 gallon

By Material Type

  • Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene
  • Plastic
  • High-Density Polyethylene
  • Others

By End-use

  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories and research centers
  • Pharmaceutical and biotech companies
  • Chemical industry
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • UAE


Authors: Sumant Ugalmugle, Rupali Swain

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of biohazard bags exceeded USD 200 million in 2019.

The industry share of biohazard bags is estimated to expand at 8% through 2026.

Asia Pacific market is expected to witness around 9% CAGR during 2020 to 2026.

The 15 to 35 gallons segment was valued at over USD 80 million in 2019, says this GMI report.

The polypropylene segment accounted for around 30% revenue share in 2019.

Buy Now

Access to only 1 person; cannot be shared; cannot be printed
Access for 2 to 5 users only within same department of one company
Access to a company wide audience; includes subsidiary companies or other companies within a group of companies

Premium Report Details

  • Base Year: 2019
  • Companies covered: 10
  • Tables & Figures: 191
  • Countries covered: 16
  • Pages: 220

Get a report that explains COVID-19 impact on this market

 Request Free Sample

Budget constraints? Get in touch with us for special pricing

Request Discount