Clinical waste and sharps collections

Clinical waste sacks and sharps boxes are not collected with normal household rubbish. All households producing clinical waste need to register with the council.

We will collect and replace clinical waste bags once a week.  

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Sharps boxes are collected as and when needed.  New sharps boxes are obtained from your healthcare provider, we do not supply sharps boxes.

Clinical and sharps waste registration form

You can download the form above or if you prefer ring 0300 1234 141 and we will post it to you. Fill in the form and send it to the address at the bottom of the form.  Your carer or nurse can complete the form for you if necessary.

Once we have received your completed form, we will contact you to let you know when your clinical collections will start.

Once you are registered you will only need to contact us when you have a full sharps box ready for collection. Please use the online form below.

Request a sharps waste collection

Or call us on 0300 1234 141.

Tiger bag (yellow with black stripes) – For non-infectious clinical waste, including things like gloves, aprons, pads, incontinence products, couch roll, dressings, catheter bags, syringes used for food products, nappies, sanitary products etc.

Dressings under 13cm x 22cm (approx. 5”x 9”) in size can be put in black bags for normal refuse collection.

Orange bag – for clinical waste likely to infect others, including waste contaminated with bodily fluids, HIV or MRSA.

e.g. All items of treatment waste contaminated with bodily fluids from isolation area’s or as a result of diarrhea and vomiting outbreak, HIV/Hep B contamination etc.

Yellow bag with purple strip - Cytotoxic and cytostatic:

Waste includes waste that could have been contaminated by toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction.

Waste that could be contaminated by these medicines include:

  • personal protective equipment, (e.g. gloves, masks and gowns), syringe bodies and tubing.

Sharps bins –  syringes, glass vials, sharp instruments and scalpels.  You can get new sharps bins from your GP or health provider.  The Council do not supply them.

  • Yellow - Non-infectious waste
  • Orange - Infectious waste
  • Purple - Cytotoxic and cytostatic waste