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Clinical waste collection

We offer a free collection service for households who need to dispose of clinical and medical waste. You cannot put infectious waste in your normal household rubbish containers. Clinical and medical waste is collected separately as they have to be sent to appropriate licensed treatment facilities for disposal.

  • We can collect clinical waste from your home providing you are self-treating.
  • If your waste is being generated by a health care worker, even in your home, the Primary Care Trust will arrange to collect it.
To set up a new clinical waste collection we will need your health care practitioner to complete a referral form to confirm the type of waste (infectious, non-infectious or sharps) for collection. We will send this to you as part of the application process.

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Arrange a collection

Use our online form to request a new clinical waste collection, change something about your collection or end your collection. Once we receive the completed referral form we will contact you to confirm your collection arrangements. If we don't receive the completed referral form within 30 days, we'll assume that you no longer need the service.

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Non-infectious waste can be put in your normal household rubbish containers and includes:

  • catheters

  • incontinence pads

  • nappies

  • stomach pouches

Infectious waste must be put in orange bags and includes:

  • tissue

  • blood and equipment

  • dressings and swabs contaminated with blood and tissue

Bags are provided on request. Make sure that you write your name and address on the bag's label. This is a legal requirement and we will not be able to collect the bags without these details being completed.

Collection days

  • All infectious waste and is collected on Wednesdays.

Arrange a collection

Use our online form to request a new clinical waste collection, change something about your collection or end your collection. Once we receive the completed referral form we will contact you to confirm your collection arrangements. If we don't receive the completed referral form within 30 days, we'll assume that you no longer need the service.

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 A free collection service is provided for the removal of clinical waste including:

  • soiled dressings
  • used syringes

  • needles

  • dialysis waste

You must put clinical waste in a yellow clinical waste bag. Clinical waste is collected on Wednesdays.

Non-infectious waste, such as incontinence pads and nappies, can be securely bagged and put in your rubbish bin.

Sharps   

You must put sharps in special sharps boxes. Sharps include syringes, needles and other sharp instruments. Sharps boxes are available on prescription from your GP or healthcare professional. We collect sharps boxes on Fridays. We can supply you with a new box on your collection day if you need one.