Clinical waste

Clinical waste

We collect clinical waste/sharp boxes on Thursdays, contact Neighbourhood Services before noon on Wednesday to arrange a collection.

Items such as used dressings, bandages, swabs etc, should not be disposed of in your general rubbish but should be separated out and collected as part of the clinical waste service.

Offensive hygiene waste

Items such as sanitary products, incontinence pads, stoma bags, catheter waste, home dialysis waste (empty saline or glucose IV bags and tubing), 'peg' or stomach feeding equipment that are not contaminated with infectious materials and/or cytotoxic or cytostatic type drugs are not considered clinical waste. They can be double wrapped and disposed of with your general rubbish; they do not need to be collected separately.


This is the general term for syringes, needles and other sharp instruments. Under no circumstances should these be disposed of with your general rubbish. Even if they are not contaminated or used they should be placed in special sharps boxes and collected separately.


Take your unwanted and out-of-date medicines to your local pharmacy; do not put them in your normal rubbish bin.

Empty non contaminated packaging and containers for medicines and other medical products can be placed in household recycling bins. These may include cardboard boxes, paper instructions and clean plastic bottles.