Commercial clinical waste collection

What is clinical waste?

The definition of clinical waste as described in The Controlled Waste Regulations 1992 can be summarised 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. Offensive/hygiene wastes which are difficult to handle are also often referred to as clinical waste.

What types of clinical waste do we collect?

  • Infectious waste to be incinerated. European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes 18 01 02 and 18 01 03. This is classified as waste whose collection and disposal is subject to special requirements in order to prevent infection. Examples of this type of waste include; 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. EWC code 18 01 01. Sharps are items that could cause cuts or puncture wounds, including needles, syringes with needles attached, scalpel and other blades.
  • Offensive/hygiene Waste to be landfilled. EWC code 18 01 04. This waste is non-infectious, but may cause offence to those coming into contact with it. Examples of this type of waste include; incontinence pads, nappies and other sanitary waste produced from human hygiene and disposable equipment including bedding, gowns and plaster casts.

When will the clinical waste be collected?

East Northamptonshire Council currently provides a confidential clinical waste service in partnership with our contractors Kier Street Services. All containers; either plastic sacks or rigid 5 litre sharps pots are provided by the Council. These follow the national colour coding approach. Customers receive new supplies after each collection.

The service is provided to commercial customers on a request basis only. Infectious Wastes and Sharps to be incinerated are collected on a Tuesday of each week and Offensive/Hygiene Wastes are collected on a Wednesday of each week.

Collections can be made weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or on request.

Collection and disposal charges

Customers are charged for collection and disposal. Charges are invoiced in advance, for the period 01 April 2017 to 30 June 2017 for example. This invoice relates to the number of collections we will make from your premises during this period, which will either be weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly. Customers will also receive invoices relating to clinical waste disposal charges. These are sent on either a monthly or quarterly basis.


Current charge

(VAT not applicable)

Collection charge

£12.25 per collection

Landfill waste £1.60 per sack
Incineration waste £2.60 per sack - Please note that someone will need to be avaiable to sign for any sacks of clinical waste for incineration. We cannot collect this material without a signature.

Sharps container (5 Litre)

£5.50 per unit - Please note that someone will need to be available to sign for any collections of sharps pots. We cannot collect this material without a signature.

How do I pay?

You will receive a tax invoice. Then you can pay by credit/debit card, BACS, internet banking, by phone or in person at one of our customer service centres.

Will I need to sign a contract?

Yes, you will be asked to complete a clinical waste service agreement each year. Clinical Waste is classed as Controlled Waste, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990,  which means it is the responsibility of the waste producer to provide a written description of their waste to the person who removes it. A Controlled Waste Transfer Note: Duty of Care must be filled in and signed by both persons involved in the transfer. This should indicate the quantity and type of materials in the waste. As a result, you will be issued with a Controlled Waste Transfer Note: Duty of Care. This will cover the collection of clinical waste from your premises by East Northamptonshire Council's contractors for the following year. We will also provide our service guidelines.

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