Healthcare waste

Clinical Waste collections

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A new contract for recycling, waste and street cleansing will start on 7th September 2020, which will bring significant benefits and improvements for our residents.

Whilst we move from one contractor to the next there may be some delays completing your request. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We provide a free household collection of clinical (healthcare) waste.

We do not operate a commercial clinical waste collection scheme

Clinical waste is infectious waste which you may have as a result of on-going treatments or post operation care. For example:

  • blood or other infectious bodily fluids. This includes disposable wipes, dressings, plasters, bandages bed pans or liners, stoma bags and urine containers
  • personal protective equipment (gloves, mask, aprons)
  • saline or glucose IV bags and tubing
  • needles and syringes
  • human tissue

Non-infectious or hygiene waste can be disposed of in your own rubbish bin and does not require a special collection. Please ensure this waste is placed securely in heavy duty bin liners in your black rubbish bin.


To receive a clinical collection, your GP or district nurse must complete our clinical waste application form on your behalf.
Application form

Request sharps collection (please ensure you have applied for a clinical waste collection first)

Request a sharps collection

We will only collect needles and syringes in a sharps bin. These are available on prescription from your GP or pharmacist. When you need a collection you must let us know online or by calling 01494 586550. You must have already applied for a clinical collection to request a sharps collection.