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Clinical Waste

What is Clinical Waste

Clinical Waste is generally health or animal waste that is hazardous and poses a threat of infection to humans. The term also includes drugs or other pharmaceutical products.

Clinical waste is mainly produced by hospitals, health clinics, doctors' surgeries and veterinary practices, but may also arise from residential homes, nursing homes and private households.

Examples of clinical waste include:

What should I do with clinical waste?

Clinical waste should not be mixed in with household waste. In addition, any sharp instruments, such as scalpels or needles, must be put into special yellow plastic containers known as "sharps boxes".

If you are a householder and need advice on the disposal of clinical waste, please contact the council using the contact details below.

Removal of clinical waste

Dudley Council does not collect clinical waste. Should you require a clinical waste collection from your property, a specialised collection company can be easily sourced online.

Commercial Clinical Waste Service

Please note that the council does not collect from commercial or industrial premises.

Missed Collections

Any genuine missed collections should be reported as soon as possible to Dudley Council Plus on the number below.

What responsibility do I have?

If you treat yourself in your own home, it is your responsibility to dispose of waste, clinical or household, in a safe way.

Report Any Collection Issues

We will attempt to collect missed waste on the same day if you tell us before 12 noon, or by the next day if you call after 12 noon.

You can use our Collection Issues Online form to report queries and issues relating to the collections for household refuse collections, garden waste collections and kerbside recycling collections.

Only one waste service collection issue can be reported at a time, e.g. if you have issues with more than one collection service you will need to complete two separate instances of this form.

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