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 your details for a collection service. 

How do I register for clinical waste and sharps collections?

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You can download the registration form below or you can ring us on 0300 1234 141 and we will post one out to you.

Register for Clinical and Sharps waste collections

Please fill out the form and send it to the address in Section E of the form.  

  • Once you have registered for a bag collection service, these will take place on a weekly basis and you will receive a replacement bag.  You will be contacted to advise when your collections will start.
  • Once you have registered for sharps collections, you will need to tell us as and when your sharps bin is full and requires collection.  We do not supply replacement bins, you need to obtain these from your healthcare provider or pharmacy.

Once you have registered you will need to contact us as and when you have a full sharps box ready for collection.  To request a one off collection please select the link below and complete the online form or you can call us on 0300 1234 141 to arrange.  

Request a one off sharps collection


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 of non-infectious clinical waste per week, you can double wrap it and dispose of it within your normal household waste. 
  • If you produce more than a third of a black bag per week of non-infectious clinical waste, you will need to request a collection service and use a Tiger Bag.

Orange bag

For infectious clinical waste likely to infect others contaminated with bodily fluids, eg, HIV/Hep B, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Yellow bag with purple stripe

For cytotoxic and cytostatic (chemotherapy and hormone treatment) waste.  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

For 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.

What are the different types of sharps bins?

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

Please note that we do not supply new sharps bins - you will need to request these from your healthcare provider or pharmacy.

You can report a missed clinical collection online using the link below or you can phone us on 0300 1234 141.

Report a missed clinical collection online