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Clinical waste can be harmful and may need to be collected separately from the rest of your waste. We offer a clinical waste collection service for residents and businesses.

What is clinical waste?

It includes:

  • used syringes and needles
  • dressings
  • surgical waste

For a detailed description and more guidance please visit Healthcare Waste (GOV.UK website).

How to dispose of clinical waste

If you are treated at home by a healthcare professional, they should take away the resulting waste.

The following items can be put out with your normal household rubbish as long as they are not infectious, and are bagged and sealed:

  • sanitary towels
  • nappies
  • incontinence pads

Syringes and needles should always be placed in "sharps" containers which you can obtain from your doctor. These should be returned to your doctor for disposal when full.

Please take unwanted and out of date medicines to your local pharmacy. Do not put them in your normal rubbish bin.

Collection service

If you treat yourself at home you may be able to register for our free clinical waste collection service. Your Doctor will have to confirm your need for the service before any collections can be made.

Request a clinical waste collection from your home

Telephone: 020 8545 3022

Businesses can arrange clinical waste collections with our Commercial Waste team.

Dumped clinical waste

If you find clinical waste on the street please report it to us.

Report clinical waste on the street

Call our waste helpline on 020 8274 4902