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Clinical waste

What items of clinical waste are collected?

Do I need to do anything before requesting a collection?

How do I arrange a clinical waste collection?

How is clinical waste collected?

I live in a residential home, can you still collect?

Do you charge for this service?

Unused packaged needles/sharps

 

What items of clinical waste are collected?

We can collect dressings, pads and needles (sharps).

Do I need to do anything before requesting a collection?

We need authorisation from your doctor or healthcare professional to collect any medical waste from your property. You will need them to ask them to complete a Healthcare Waste Referral Form [586kb]  This form tells us if your waste is infectious or non-infectious.

Please note: Needles do not require a healthcare waste referral form as they are automatically classed as infectious waste.

If it is infectious, we will collect the waste from your property. If it is not classified as infectious it can be placed (bagged) in your green general waste bin. Customers who produce large quantities of non-infectious clinical waste may be eligible for an additional green bin. To qualify for an additional bin the Healthcare Waste Referral Form [586kb] must be completed and returned to us.

How do I arrange a clinical waste collection?

You can return the completed Healthcare Waste Referral Form [586kb] or you can call us on 01623 463463 and speak to a customer adviser. We will need your:

  • full name and address including postcode

  • telephone number and email address if you have one

  • details of what type of items you need collecting

If required we will send you the Healthcare Waste Referral Form. 

How is clinical waste collected?

We no longer provide clinical waste containers. If you do require one then please get in touch with your local surgery. 

The collection of sharps boxes and yellow bags is on a Tuesday or Wednesday each week. Unfortunately we do not have time to knock and wait for your collection; therefore items for collection must be left in a visible and easily accessible place outside of your property. Please tell the adviser when you call where the items will be located. Sharps boxes must not be placed in carrier bags.    

I live in a residential care home, can you still collect?

No, we don't collect from residential homes or day nurseries. You should talk to the manager of the property if you need this service.

Do you charge for this service?

No - this service is free providing we have the relevant authorisation from your doctor or health adviser.

Unused packaged needles/sharps

If you have any unused needles/sharps, these can be placed in their packaging in the green general waste bin only. Please do not place them in your blue recycling bin.  

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