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Household clinical waste


If you need clinical waste removed from your house, we offer a free collection service for its safe removal and disposal.

How do you arrange this service?

Step 1: You should ask for a collection via your district nurse, doctor or GP.

Step 2: Once we receive a request from them, we will tell you your collection day, time and where it will be picked up from.

Step 3: The waste should be placed in an appropriate bag or container and left at the pick-up point.

What is household clinical waste?

  • blood or other bodily fluids 
  • human tissue 
  • drugs or other pharmaceutical products 
  • swabs or dressings 
  • syringes, needles or other sharp instruments