Clinical waste

If you or someone in your household is being treated at home for a medical condition, the waste produced may be considered clinical waste and could be hazardous/toxic.

If you produce clinical waste (including human or animal tissue, blood or bodily fluids, excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs or dressings or syringes, needles or other sharp instruments) that could be hazardous/toxic, these cannot be disposed of in your black bin. 

If your household generates non hazardous/non toxic waste as a result of a medical condition, such as non-recyclable medical packaging or adult pads, you can apply for an additional black bin.

If your household generates additional recyclable items (for example cardboard boxes or packaging etc) these can be put in your blue bin. If you produce extra waste due to your condition you can apply for an additional blue bin.


How to dispose of hazardous/toxic clinical waste

If you produce hazardous waste (such as hypodermic needles) and are being treated by a healthcare professional, this should be removed by your healthcare professional and disposed of in approved containers (for example, rigid, leak-proof, sealed and secured).

If you are not being treated by a healthcare professional, we recommend you speak to your doctor/healthcare professional about how to dispose of it.

If your doctor/healthcare professional cannot help, you will need to appoint a private contractor, however, there will be a charge for this service.

Hypodermic needles and hazardous/toxic waste should never be disposed of in domestic waste.


Disposing of unused medicines

Please return any unused medicines to a pharmacist.

If this is not possible, we suggest that you contact a private contractor can collect the waste, however, there will be a charge for this service.