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Clinical waste

We can collect clinical waste from your home for free. 

What is clinical waste?

Contaminated dressings and bandages

Clinical or healthcare waste includes dressings, bandages, swabs etc, which are contaminated with:

  • materials known to cause disease in humans or other living organisms.
  • medicines that contain a biologically active pharmaceutical agent, such as cytotoxic or cytostatic drugs.

Syringes and other 'sharps'

Clinical waste also includes syringes, needles or other sharp instruments, known as 'sharps'.

These should not be disposed of in your general rubbish but separated and collected, free of charge, by our contractor. We will supply a sharps box and will leave an empty one for you, if required, when your full one is collected.

Types of clinical waste we collect

The main types we collect are:

  • Sharps
  • Wound dressings
  • Infectious waste (eg MRSA).

Join the clinical waste collection service

Request clinical waste collection 

You can also call us 01483 523524.

We are not able to receive any clinical waste brought into our council offices. Please contact us to arrange a collection from your home or speak to us directly to see if we can help with any alternative arrangements if necessary.

Unwanted medicines

Please take your unwanted and out of date medicines to your local pharmacy. Do not put them in your normal rubbish bin.

Empty non-contaminated packaging and containers for medicines and other medical products can be placed in household recycling bins. These may include cardboard boxes, paper instructions and clean plastic bottles.

Other types of waste can go in your black bin

As long as these items are not contaminated with infections materials, please double wrap them and put them in your black bin with your other rubbish:

  • dressings, bandages etc that are not contaminated
  • sanitary products
  • incontinence pads
  • stoma bags
  • catheter waste
  • empty saline or glucose IV bags and tubing
  • 'peg' or stomach feeding equipment.

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