Clinical Collections

Two collection arrangements are available depending on the type of waste:
  • Hygiene Waste that can be collected via your normal rubbish collections. As it is non-infectious it can be placed in your black bags.
  • Clinical Waste that needs to be collected and disposed of separately via our clinical collection service. This waste which poses a threat of infection to humans. The term also includes items such as surgical waste, used syringes, drugs or other pharmaceutical products.

Hygiene Waste that can be collected via your normal rubbish collection:

Some types of healthcare related waste are suitable for disposal in your black sack. This waste can carry an offensive odour as well as appearance but is not infectious.
Examples may include:
  • Catheter and stoma bags (drained)
  • Wound dressings (non-infectious)
  • Soiled bedding (vomit, human waste)
  • Nasal and respiratory secretions
  • Condoms
  • Sanitary waste
  • Nappies
  • Plasters
  • Incontinence pads

Clinical Waste that needs to be collected and disposed of separately:

This is infectious waste which is sent to be incinerated in order to prevent spread of infection. 
Examples include:
  • Waste, swabs and dressings from infectious disease wounds.
  • Infectious Human hygiene products
  • All sharps including: hypodermic needles and syringes with needles attached.
  • Human tissue
  • Drugs or other pharmaceutical products
  • Equipment used to administer treatment
  • Bodily Fluids ( packaged separately)
This is collected separately from your normal waste in specially provided sharps boxes or clinical waste sacks. Collections are provided currently free of charge.
If you require a clinical waste collection you will be required to have your GP or Health Care provider complete and return an application form so we can assess the most appropriate way of handling your waste.

Clinical Waste Collection Information

How to get clinical waste sacks and sharp boxes:
At present, empty sharps boxes can be collected from your GP surgery. Depending on the circumstances Clinical Waste sacks maybe provided by your health care provider, we do not provide clinical waste sacks or sharps boxes.
Clinical waste sacks are collected weekly. All clinical waste must be contained in the correct sacks and they must be tied at the top. Please do not place clinical waste with your normal refuse sacks as they will not be collected.
Sharps boxes are collected once a quarter on a specified date and we will only collect boxes that are full and correctly sealed.
Sacks and boxes should be put for out for collection the evening before your scheduled collection day. Collection may take place from midnight.
Please note: We do not provide a commercial clinical waste service.

How to apply

For further advice or information, to request a clinical waste form by post or to request a temporary clinical waste collection please contact our Customer Services Team on 01353 665555 or download the application form below: