We offer a clinical waste collection service; this is for the collection of dressings, needles and other medical items.
To arrange a clinical waste collection or for further information about these services, contact your district nurse or medical service provider.
Your district nurse will need to complete a Clinical Waste Application Form on your behalf and follow the instructions on the form for authorisation.
Hazardous or infectious waste is incinerated at a special site and other clinical waste is sent for 'deep landfill' separate from household waste.
Types of containers/sacks
The waste can go in three different types of containers:
- Sharps boxes are available for discarded syringe needle cartridges, broken glass (from medical supplies only) and other contaminated disposable sharp items. These boxes are available in 0.5 litres as standard, however if you use a large number of sharps or have larger size syringes you may request a larger 22 litre container.
- Orange sacks are available for the disposal of hazardous or infectious waste including human tissue, blood, swabs and dressings, pharmaceutical products and chemical waste.
- Tiger sacks are available for items used in the disposal or urine, faeces and other bodily secretion or excretions including bed pans, incontinence pads, stoma bags and urine container and their packaging (e.g. cardboard).
Collection and supply of containers/sacks
- To arrange a clinical waste collection, contact your district nurse or medical service provider.
- Your district nurse will need to complete a Clinical Waste Application Form on your behalf and follow the instructions on the form for authorisation.
- The initial supply of containers/sacks is normally provided by your medical centre or hospital. We will supply like-for-like containers/sacks after the first collection.
- Each time your clinical waste is collected, it will be replaced with another of the same type of container/sack.
- If the type or amount of waste being collected needs to change, please inform your district nurse and we can provide you with the correct type and number of containers/sacks.
- Collections are weekly and the day will be determined upon confirmation of your application.
- Waste must be presented from 6am on the day of collection.
Safe disposal of needles and syringes
If you need to dispose of needles contact your doctors' surgery or local health centre for advice or use one of the cubical sharps bins in public toilet facilities at Gloucester Green, Market Street, Speedwell Street, Florence Park, Diamond Place and Bury Knowle Park.