Clinical waste

Book a clinical waste collection or order yellow clinical waste bags.

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.

As it is hazardous waste, we cannot collect it with your usual waste collections and it must not be taken to the tip. If you need to dispose of any of the above items you need to arrange a free clinical waste collection.

Please note: 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 request another green bin.

If you have medicines that have passed their expiry date, take them to your pharmacist, who can dispose of them safely for you. You should never throw unused or expired medicines in your general waste bin.

We can only collect sharps in a box with either a yellow or orange lid. If your box has a different coloured lid, you will need to speak to your healthcare professional regarding how to arrange for collection and disposal.

You may be able to book a clinical waste collection if you meet certain conditions.

When will my clinical waste be collected?

Clinical waste is collected every week Monday to Friday. The day your waste is collected depends on the area you live in.

Where do I get yellow clinical waste bags and sharps boxes?

We can provide free yellow clinical waste bags for your clinical waste:

 Request clinical waste bags 

Please note: we do not replace sharps boxes. You can get these from your GP or hospital.

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