Clinical waste collections
We offer two types of clinical waste service for residents in the borough:
- collect your sharps bin from your residence
- medical waste (orange bags)
Your GP or healthcare professional may have referred you to us if you are using sharps bins for needles or syringes. You can also request this service yourself.
You get two free collections a year, after that they cost £5 per collection.
You need to leave the items for collection by your front door by 6.30am. If where you live has shared bins, you can place these either next to the entrance or outside the bin store.
Your pharmacy may take your sharps bin, please check with them to see if they can.
Once we have taken yours away we cannot supply another bin but you can get one from your doctor or pharmacy.
Hazardous medical waste
Hazardous clinical waste includes:
- dressings, swabs, bandages
- blood or other infectious bodily fluids
- bedpans or liners, stoma bags and urine containers
- personal protective equipment (gloves, mask, aprons)
Your GP or healthcare professional will have referred you for us to collect your waste. We will have confirmed that you are able to have this service.
The waste needs to be left out in the orange sacks (provided by your GP or healthcare professional) by your front door by 6.30am. We collect the sacks weekly on a Tuesday. If where you live has shared bins, you can place these either next to the entrance or outside the bin store.
The following items can be put in with your normal household bin as long as they are not infectious and are bagged and sealed:
- sanitary towels
- incontinence pads
If you have a medical condition that means you generate additional non-recyclable waste, you may be eligible for a bigger bin. We will need information about your condition is order to check your eligibility please call us 01622 602600.
Cancelling a collection
If you need to cancel your collections please email us with your name and address and when you would like to cancel.
If you are a business you will need to contact a registered carrier who is licenced to dispose of clinical waste to make your own arrangements for disposal.