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Clinical waste

What is clinical waste and how do I get rid of it?

Clinical waste includes:

  • needles, lancets, syringes, empty insulin cartridges
  • colostomy waste
  • dialysis waste
  • soiled dressings

As it is hazardous waste, we cannot collect it with your usual waste collections and it must not be taken to the tip. If you need to dispose of any of the above items you need to book a free clinical waste collection. Sometimes the hospital will contact us directly to arrange this.

We do not collect from business or commercial premises.

Please note: if you need to dispose of incontinence pads you can double bag them and put them in your general waste bin. As you have a condition that creates extra waste, you can request an additional black bin.


You can arrange a free collection of lidded sharps box(es) or yellow bagged clinical waste collection. Please complete this online form.

We use a contractor to collect clinical waste bags and sharps boxes. Please do not contact the contractor directly. All bookings must be made through our Customer Service Team.


Your clinical waste will be collected on either a weekly or fortnightly basis depending on need.

We will contact you to let you know what day your collection will be. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact us via this online form.


Sharps containers prescribed by your GP should be returned to the prescribing doctor's practice for disposal.

If you notice any needles, syringes or other drug related items discarded in your neighbourhood and which may pose a risk to public safety, please submit an Enquiry Form..



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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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