Healthcare/clinical collections

Waste containing human or animal tissue, blood or other bodily fluids or excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs, dressings and syringes may all be classified as clinical waste.

Where these are produced in the home, these should be disposed of as follows:

Human or animal tissue, blood, animal carcasses, soiled surgical dressings, waste from dialysis treatment, material from infectious disease cases

This must be separately collected and disposed of by incineration or heat treatment. Contact your district council to arrange this.

Your health professional will advise whether a particular disease carries a special infection risk.

Discarded syringe needles, cartridges, and other sharp objects associated with healthcare

These present a high risk to personnel handling the waste and must be contained within a purpose made rigid “sharps” box. The box must be collected separately and disposed of by incineration. You should contact your district council to arrange this.

Items used to dispose of urine faeces or other bodily secretions

Where small quantities of this type of waste are produced in normal domestic circumstances, for example, baby nappies, it is acceptable to place this waste for regular dustbin collection. You should, however, ensure that the material is sufficiently wrapped to avoid spillage when handling.

Where larger quantities of this waste are produced, for example, adult incontinence pads, these should be collected separately. Your district council will arrange this.

Microbiological cultures

These would not normally be produced in the domestic environment and would not be collected or disposed of by the Council. You should seek the advice of the Environment Agency who can advise of suitable specialised waste disposal services.

Drugs or other pharmaceutical products

These should be returned to the pharmacist for disposal.