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Clinical or sharps waste

Find out what clinical and sharps waste is, how to apply for a collection and when we collect it.

Clinical waste

You can set up a clinical waste collection if your waste contains any of the following items:

  • Human tissue
  • Blood or bodily fluids
  • Excretions
  • Swabs or dressings
  • Large volumes of incontinence pads, catheters, stomach pouches

Apply for a clinical waste collection

We usually collect clinical waste on Thursdays in specially marked sacks, which are free. We will deliver sacks within seven days.

Apply for a clinical waste collection online

Sharps collections

You can book a sharps collection if you need to dispose of any of the following items:

  • Syringes
  • Needles
  • Insulin cartridges
  • Finger pricking devices
  • Lancets.

These must be placed inside sharps boxes. You can get these boxes from your pharmacy, or on prescription from your GP.

Warning Don't put your sharps box in with your rubbish.

Book a sharps collection

We usually collect sharps on Wednesdays. However, you need to book a sharps collection each time you need one. We recommend that you book a collection when your sharps box is about three quarters full.

Book a sharps collection online