Clinical waste and sharps collections

Clinical waste bags and sharps bins are not collected with normal household rubbish or bulky waste.  You will need to register for a collection service.

We will collect and replace clinical waste bags once a week.

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Sharps bins are collected as and when needed. New sharps bins can be obtained from your healthcare provider or pharmacy; we do not supply them.

Clinical and sharps waste registration form

You can download the form above or if you prefer ring 0300 1234 141 and we will post it to you. Please fill in the form and send it to the address in Section E.  Once we have received your completed form, we will contact you to let you know when your clinical collections will start.

Once you are registered you will only need to contact us when you have a full sharps box ready for collection. Please use the online form below.

Request a sharps waste collection

Or you call us on 0300 1234 141 to arrange.

The following information is also contained in our guide Clinical Waste in the Home

Black Bag or Tiger bag (yellow with black stripes) – For non-infectious clinical waste

Including gloves, aprons, incontinence pads, disposable nappies, dressings, catheter bags, syringes used for food products, nappies, sanitary products, etc.

If you produce less than a third of a black bag per week, you can double wrap and dispose with your normal kerbside household waste.  If you produce more than a third of a black bag per week, you will need to request a collection service and use a Tiger Bag.

Orange bag – for infectious clinical waste

Waste likely to infect others contaminated with bodily fluids, eg, HIV/Hep B, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Yellow bag with purple stripe - Cytotoxic and cytostatic (chemotherapy and hormone treatment):

Items that could have been contaminated by toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction, for example, personal protective equipment, (eg, gloves, masks and gowns), syringe bodies and tubing.

Sharps bins –  anything that can puncture the skin and may be contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids.

Includes empty medicine bottles, cartridges of insulin, fingerprick lancets and platforms, pen needles, blades, glass ampoules, needles and syringes.

You can get new sharps bins from your healthcare provider or pharmacy.  The Council do not supply them.

  • Yellow - Non-infectious waste
  • Orange - Infectious waste
  • Purple - Cytotoxic and cytostatic waste