Clinical waste

If you need to set up a healthcare waste collection you must ask your doctor, district nurse, hospital or Primary Care Trust GP to make the request for you.

To arrange a collection or further information, please call 0300 300 0013.

We split infectious healthcare waste into these categories:

Infectious waste (including syringes or needles)

We currently make separate weekly or on-demand collections of infectious waste from domestic properties. The orange sacks and yellow boxes are exchanged on a like for like basis, so if two sacks are put out for collection, two empty ones will be left to replace them.

Offensive or hygiene waste

You can put things like sanitary waste, nappies, incontinence pads and other similar waste in your green rubbish bin for normal collection.

If you think that you need more space we may be able to provide you with additional capacity. You will need to complete a healthcare waste referral form, available from your local healthcare professional.

You should dispose of any liquid hygiene waste either down the sink or toilet.

Cytotoxic or cytostatic waste

We collect this type of waste on demand - it should be left in a purple-lidded sharps box. These boxes, provided on prescription with the medicines or sharps by your healthcare professional, are not exchanged on a like for like basis.

Waste produced through treatment in the home by a healthcare professional will not be collected by EHDC as it should be removed by the healthcare professional.