Household clinical waste collection is currently a free service for those residents who self-medicate in their own home.
Waste produced whilst receiving care from a health practitioner – such as, a nurse or a doctor – must be removed for disposal by the health practitioner.
Household clinical waste is hazardous and is only permitted to be collected by an authorised waste carrier for clinical waste or removed by your nurse, or doctor, for disposal. It is not permissible to mix household clinical waste in with your general household waste.
Please read the following definitions to accurately identify the classification of your waste:
‘Offensive waste’ is non-infectious and can be mixed with your general household waste: e.g. human waste, incontinence pads, catheter and stoma bags, nappies, sanitary waste, plasters and medical items of disposable equipment (e.g. gowns). Ensure such waste is appropriately wrapped and free from excess liquid. If more than one refuse size sack is produced weekly, could you please apply for a clinical waste collection.
‘Clinical Waste’ is hazardous waste. It is waste generated at home that could contain infected human tissue, infected blood or bodily fluids, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, infected swabs or dressings, syringes, needles or other sharp instruments.
Should you require a household clinical waste collection, please request your General Practitioner to complete the Referral Form and upload it when you complete the on-line Request Form. Alternatively you can contact the Council and ask to have the Request and Referral Forms sent to you by post.
Upon receipt of both documents the Council will arrange for the Contractor to contact you, in order to commence collections.
One off Collection
A one off collection can be arranged for clinical waste; complete the Request Form only. Completion of the Referral Form is not necessary.
Unused medicines should be returned to your pharmacy or dispensary for safe disposal.