What is clinical waste?
The Controlled Waste Regulations 1992 describe clinical waste as "any waste which unless rendered safe may prove hazardous or may cause infection to any person coming into contact with it". Clinical wastes should be segregated from other wastes and treated and disposed of appropriately on the basis of the hazard it poses.
What types of clinical waste can be collected?
East Northamptonshire Council provides a confidential clinical waste service in partnership with our contractors. There is no charge made to domestic premises for the collection and disposal of clinical waste.
We provide plastic sacks or rigid 5 litre sharps pots and customers receive new supplies of these after each collection.
We collect the following:
- Infectious waste to be incinerated. This is classified as waste whose collection and disposal is subject to special requirements in order to prevent infection e.g. waste from infectious disease cases, waste from wound infections and other acquired infections, human hygiene products from infectious cases and all related soiled surgical dressings, swabs and other similar waste.
- Sharps to be incinerated. Sharps are items that could cause cuts or puncture wounds, including needles, syringes with needles attached, scalpel and other blades.
When will my clinical waste be collected?
The service is provided to householders on application. Infectious wastes and sharps for incineration are collected on a Tuesday. Collections can be made weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or on request.
How do I dispose of hygiene waste?
This waste is non-infectious and may include incontinence pads, nappies and other sanitary waste produced from human hygiene and disposable equipment including bedding, gowns and plaster casts.
It is acceptable to dispose of this waste in your grey lidded bins (non-recyclable household waste). To minimise any odours that may come from storing this waste, we would advise that it's placed in a plastic bag which can be tied up and placed in the grey lidded bin. If you require some additional capacity for this type of waste, then please contact us.
For information on the collection of clinical waste from businesses please visit our commercial clinical waste page.