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Clinical Waste

If you or someone in your household is being treated for a medical condition, the waste produced may be considered clinical waste and could be hazardous.

What is Clinical Waste?

Clinical waste refers to any waste that consists wholly or partly of:

  • human or animal tissue

  • blood or other bodily fluids

  • excretions

  • drugs or other pharmaceutical products

  • swabs or dressings

  • syringes, needles or other sharp instruments which, unless rendered safe, may prove hazardous to any person coming into contact with it.

Clinical waste also refers to any other waste arising from medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical or similar practice, investigation, treatment, teaching or research.

Unless made safe, this type of waste may prove hazardous to anyone coming into contact with it.

If you are treated by a healthcare professional

If you are treated in your own home by a community nurse or a member of the NHS profession, any waste produced as a result is considered to be the healthcare professional's waste and they are responsible for its removal and safe disposal.

If the waste is classified as hazardous (such as hypodermic needles, swabs, soiled medical dressings, other items which contain secretions or excretions from a person suffering with an infectious disease), the healthcare professional should remove the waste and transport it in approved containers (for example rigid, leak proof, sealed and secure) for appropriate disposal. This waste should not be thrown away with your usual household waste.

If the waste is non-hazardous , providing it is appropriately bagged and sealed it is acceptable for the waste to be disposed of in your grey wheeled bin. This is usually the case with sanitary towels, nappies and incontinence pads when they originate from a healthy population.

If you are treating yourself

If you are treating yourself in your home you need to responsibly dispose of any medical waste produced. Initially we recommend you discuss your options with your doctor/healthcare provider. However, if they are unable to help, we will arrange for the waste to be collected from your household on a fortnightly basis.

How do I arrange a clinical waste and sharps collection?

You will need to complete a Clinical/Medical Waste Assessment Form which asks questions about the type and quantity of clinical waste you produce. It must be verified by a healthcare professional such as your GP or community nurse. We may also visit you to ensure the service we provide meets your needs.

Clinical/Medical Waste Assessment Form

You can download the above form or if you prefer you can ring 01384 814768 and we will post it to you. Please complete the form and send it to the address below or alternatively email it to clinical.waste@dudley.gov.uk

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

Which bag should I use?

Your healthcare professional will advise of the appropriate coloured bag to dispose of your waste.

Booking a sharps collection

Once you have registered you will only need to contact us when you have a full sharps box ready for collection. This can be done by calling us on 01384 814768 or emailing us on clinical.waste@dudley.gov.uk

Which sharps container should I use?

  • Yellow - Non-infectious waste

  • Orange - Infectious waste

  • Purple - Cytotoxic and cytostatic waste

Disposing of unused medicines

We do not offer a disposal service for pharmaceutical products/medicines. These items should be taken back to the pharmacy.

How do I report a missed collection?

You can report a missed clinical waste collection by calling 01384 814768 or by emailing clinical.waste@dudley.gov.uk

Please note two consecutive failed collections may result in the service being suspended.

Collection of clinical waste from GP surgeries and Pharmacies

We only collect clinical waste from patients who are self treating in their own home. The collection of clinical waste from GP surgeries and pharmacies is the responsibility of NHS England.

Clinical Waste Contact Details

Waste Care, Environmental Services, Lister Road Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 8JW

Telephone:- 01384 814768

Email:- clinical.waste@dudley.gov.uk


For any other queries regarding non-clinical waste collections, please use the contact details below.

Contact Details

  • Name Waste Care, Environmental Management
  • Address Directorate of the Urban Environment, Waste Care, Lister Road Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 8JW
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345