Medical waste collections
Apply for a medical waste or needle collection. Applications must be made by 12 noon on the Monday before the collection day.
Collections are made on a Wednesday. Bags and boxes must be presented by 7am at an agreed point. Please note that:
- Bags, and yellow boxes for sharps will be accepted
- Boxes for sharps with a purple lid will not be accepted
Medical waste is any waste that poses a threat of infection to humans, including:
- Human tissue
- Blood and other bodily fluids
- Swabs and dressings
- Syringes, needles or other sharp instruments
Medical waste must not be placed in your normal domestic refuse container.
Residents using needles (such as diabetics) will use a 'sharps container' for disposal.
Pharmacies and doctors surgeries give out yellow boxes for the collection of needles and syringes (the council does not supply these). They also have a duty to take these boxes back; the council also offers this service.