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
We can’t collect clinical waste with your usual waste collections because it’s officially classed as hazardous waste.
Please don’t take it to the tip either.
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 clinical waste from business or commercial premises.
Disposing of incontinence pads
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 also request an additional black bin if you need one.
Sharps containers and the littering of syringes
Sharps containers (these are hard plastic containers used to safely dispose of hypodermic needles and other sharp objects) will be prescribed by your GP. They 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.
How do I book a clinical waste collection?
You can arrange a free collection of lidded sharps box(es) or a collection of yellow bagged clinical waste. Please get in touch to arrange this.
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 general enquiries form.
When will my clinical waste be collected?
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 our general enquiries form.