Medical waste

Clinical waste

Dressings, bandages, swabs contaminated with:

  • Materials known to cause diseases in humans or other living things.
  • Medicines containing a biologically active pharmaceutical agent eg cytotoxic or cytostatic drugs.

These should be placed in a clinical waste bag by the healthcare worker treating you in your home. The healthcare worker should arrange the safe removal of this. Do not place in your general rubbish.

Dressings not contaminated can be double wrapped and placed in your general rubbish.


This includes syringes, needles, used or expired Epi pens and other sharp instruments used for medical purposes. Never place these in your general rubbish.

To request a one off or regular collection, please call us on 01883 722000 and we will pass your details to our contractor, PHS. Once your details have been logged with PHS, we will write to you explaining how to arrange your collection(s). Please allow up to 4 weeks to receive your letter.

For your first collection the sharps must be contained in a proper sharps box which is available on prescription from a GP or healthcare professional. If you require a regular collection PHS will leave you a new container (5 litre) when they collect your full one.


Take unwanted or out of date medicines to your local pharmacy. Do not place in your general rubbish.

Medicine and medical product packaging

Empty and uncontaminated packaging and containers, including cardboard boxes, paper instructions and clean plastic bottles can be placed in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or clear recycling sacks.

Offensive (hygiene) waste

Non-infectious waste including:

  • Sanitary products
  • Incontinence pads
  • Stoma bags
  • Catheter waste
  • Home dialysis waste (empty saline or glucose IV bags and tubing)
  • Peg or stomach feeding equipment.

These can be double wrapped and placed in your general rubbish bin or sacks, as long as they are not contaminated with infectious materials and/or cytotoxic or cytostatic drugs.

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