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Clinical waste

Clinical waste is any waste that poses a threat of infection to humans and includes the following:  

  • Human tissue
  • Blood and other bodily fluids
  • Swabs and dressings
  • Syringes, needles or other sharp instruments

Clinical waste collections will be arranged through your doctor, district nurse or hospital, either as a one off or a regular weekly collection.

Please do not place clinical waste in your normal domestic refuse container. If you use incontinence pads, these can be double bagged and placed in with your normal domestic refuse.

Collections take place on a Wednesday. Residents will need to call by 5pm on the Tuesday to qualify for a collection that same week.


How to arrange for the regular disposal of needles

If you require a needle collection, your doctor will give you a prescription for a sharps box. Residents should call 01509 634563 to book a sharps collection and boxes should be made available from 7am from a designated place – usually the front of the property.

Unused needles that need to be collected should be placed in the sharps box; we cannot take needles that are not in a box even if they are unused. Sharps boxes cannot be brought to the council offices.

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