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Clinical waste

Will there be changes to clinical waste collections over the Christmas period?

Yes, there will be changes to clinical waste collections as follows:

Normal collection date                     Revised collection date

Thursday 25th December                   Monday 29th December

Monday 29th December                     Tuesday 30th December

Tuesday 30th December                    Wednesday 31st December

Wednesday 31st December               Friday 2nd January

Thursday 1st January                         Saturday 3rd January


Normal clinical collections will resume from Monday 5th January.

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What is clinical waste?

The council classes clinical waste as the following items:

  • Syringes
  • Colostomy waste
  • Dialysis waste
  • Soiled dressings

Please note: incontinence pads do not require a clinical waste collection and can be double bagged and placed in the green bin.

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How do I dispose of clinical waste?

You can request a clinical waste collection, which is a free collection service provided by the council, by online form or by telephone:

book a clinical waste collection online

Telephone: (01482) 393939

A clinical waste collection allows you to safely dispose of:

  • Syringes
  • Colostomy waste
  • Dialysis waste
  • Soiled dressings


The clinical waste must be placed in the yellow clinical waste sacks which are provided free of charge to residents and collected weekly (once you've requested a collection).

Requesting more clinical waste sacks

You can request more clinical waste sacks if you have run out using the same online form and phone number mentioned above.

The option to request 'Supply clinical waste bags only' can be found under the 'Please select the service' drop down on the form.

Sharps boxes

Sharps boxes for syringes and needles are not provided by the council, but can be obtained by contacting your GP. Sharps boxes are collected on an ad hoc basis when you have at least three sharps boxes that need emptying. Collection of sharps boxes can also be arranged using the same methods mentioned above. On the form, the option to choose a sharps box collection is under the 'Please select the service' drop down.

If you will not be having any more collections, a final one off collection can be arranged for one or two boxes.

All clinical waste must be left outside in a safe and discreet place, and sacks must be tied. When arranging a collection, customers will be informed of the collection day.

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How do I book a clinical waste collection?

You can book a clinical waste collection using the online form:

book a clinical waste collection online

Please refer to the question below to see which day we collect clinical waste from each area.

Please note: clinical waste must not be taken to the tips as it is classed as hazardous waste and must be incinerated.

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When will my clinical waste be collected?

Please  view the document below to see which day we collect clinical waste from each area:

Clinical waste collection map (pdf 329kb opens in new window)

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