Clinical waste

The disposal of clinical waste and syringes.

We collect

The council provides a collection service for clinical and medical waste.  Please complete the online form below to register for this service.

This service is free for residents, a chargeable service is available for businesses, (this including residential care homes). Please visit our business clinical waste service page for further information.

 The service includes items such as:  

  • incontinence pads
  • empty catheter bags
  • empty stoma bags 
  • tubing, peg or stomach feeding eqiupment
  • syringes with needles removed
  • infected dressings, swabs, human tissue (in orange clinical sacks).  

Needles must be packed in “sharps boxes” which can be provided by prescription from your doctor. Once registered with the councils contractor PHS, they will contact you to confirm registration and your requirements.

Items we cannot collect

Unfortunately we are not able to collect any of the following in our clinical waste service as this waste requires specialist treatment:

  • dialysis waste and tubes
  • anything that may be contaminated with blood (not including sanitary waste).

If you have any of this waste to dispose of liaise with your District Nurse or Primary Care Trust who will be able to assist you in the dispose of this waste.

Discarded syringes

Needles, syringes and other drug related items are sometimes discarded in public places by drug users. We advise members of the public not to pick up needles. Contact us and we will safely dispose of them.

Medicines and drugs

Unwanted medicines and drugs can be taken in to most pharmacies.

Other materials

  • Cardboard packaging can be recycled in your black paper recyling box.
  • Aerosol cleaning sprays, and empty nutrition bottles (used for stomach feeding), should be recycled using the mixed recycling bin.
  • Any polystyrene must go into the green refuse wheeled bin.