Clinical waste and sharps collections

What is clinical waste?

Clinical waste is any healthcare waste that may cause disease, contains or is contaminated with a medicine or fluids contaminated with a dangerous substance.

Do I produce clinical waste?

You should be told by a medical professional if the waste you are producing requires specialist treatment as clinical waste. They should advise you on how to dispose of any equipment you are prescribed to manage your health. We collect your clinical waste from you if you treat yourself in your own home if you are eligible. To discuss your eligibility, contact Council Connect.

Click on our A-Z guide to find out about the correct procedure for the disposal of old/unused medicines.

Clinical waste

This is classified as any waste which consists wholly or partly of:

  • Human tissue
  • Blood or bodily fluids
  • Excretions
  • Pharmaceutical products- please note you should return left over medicines to your health care professional or pharmacy so there is no need to place these in the clinical waste. 
  • Swabs or dressings.

We can collect waste such as nappies, incontinence pads, catheters, stomach pouches and sanitary towels etc. with your normal rubbish – we suggest you double bag it first. Depending on the volume of this we can offer a larger waste container with additional capacity for this waste or in certain circumstances we may offer a clinical waste collection. Please contact Council Connect to discuss your eligibility for a larger waste container or a clinical waste collection.     

Clinical waste is collected on Thursdays in specially marked sacks, which we will give you for free. The sacks will be delivered to you prior to the commencement of your service. Please allow seven days for this delivery.

Sharps collection

We collect sharps which include syringes, needles, finger pricking devices and lancets from domestic residents who treat themselves at home.

You can get sharps boxes on prescription from your GP or direct from your pharmacy. They are specially designed for you to dispose of sharp items such as needles, empty syringes, empty insulin cartridges and lancets.

Sharps are collected on Wednesdays. This collection must be pre-booked each time it is required. When your box is three quarters full, contact Council Connect to arrange a collection. Do not put your sharps box in with your rubbish

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