Clinical waste must not be collected with other types of household waste as it may be infectious or hazardous to people coming into contact with it. Very little waste that is generated in the home falls within the tightly controlled definition of clinical waste.
What we collect
Household clinical waste
We collect dialysis waste for residents who are receiving home dialysis. You can't personally ask for dialysis waste to be collected – this needs to be arranged by your Clinical Commissioning Group or the healthcare team responsible for your care.
Clinical (infectious) waste
We collect clinical waste from residents who are treating themselves at home under the guidance of a GP or healthcare professional. This service is for infectious waste only, such as swabs and dressings and sharps that are contained within a sharps box provided by your healthcare team.
To use this service we require evidence from your GP or healthcare team confirming that you are treating yourself at home and what waste you are producing.
Hygiene waste is not hazardous and does not require specialist treatment or disposal. You can dispose of hygiene waste in your household waste collection.
Hygiene waste can include:
catheter and stoma bags
syringes with needles removed
tubing and peg or stomach feeding equipment
plasters (minor first aid or self-care) generated by personal use
animal hygiene waste (animal bedding, dog faeces etc).
To minimise any odours please double wrap the waste in a plastic bag and tie it up. If you don't have enough space in your refuse wheeled bin for this waste, you may be allowed an additional bin.
If you currently have a sack collection service, this waste can be disposed of in the blue sacks.
Cardboard packaging, aerosol sprays and bottles of nutrition for stomach feeding are recyclable and can be put in your household recycling collection.
Commercial hygiene waste
Business premises such as residential or nursing homes should follow the same guidance as householders, however the waste should be put in your commercial waste bins. If we currently collect your commercial waste we can provide additional bins to suit your needs. Normal charges would apply.
What we don’t collect
Commercial clinical waste
We do not offer a service to remove clinical waste from commercial premises at this time. Please find a private contractor who offers this service.