Clinical waste collections

We provide a free fortnightly clinical waste collection service for residents treating themselves in their own home.

Collections are on a Wednesday (refuse week). Collection dates are subject to change over holiday periods.

If you have been prescribed medication by your GP or hospital and would like to arrange a collection, please contact the Refuse Team.

What we collect

Healthcare waste which is infectious or hazardous is classed as 'clinical waste' and must be collected separately for safe disposal. Your doctor or nurse will advise if your waste should be collected separately and provide you with a coloured sack to put it in, this will usually be orange.

Clinical waste includes:

  • Swabs and wound dressings/bandages contaminated with infectious or hazardous substances
  • wound vacuum drains or pumps
  • home dialysis waste (except empty saline or glucose IV bags that can be put in your normal rubbish bin).

We no longer collect incontinence pads. These should be double bagged and placed in your black wheelie bin for rubbish. If your black bin is too small for your medical needs, please contact us.

Healthcare waste to put in normal rubbish bin

Healthcare waste that is not hazardous or infectious can be put in your normal rubbish bin. This includes:

  • dressings and bandages
  • incontinence pads
  • sanitary products
  • stoma bags
  • catheter waste (after contents has been disposed of in a toilet)
  • 'peg' or stomach feeding equipment
  • empty saline or glucose IV bags from home dialysis (other home dialysis waste is hazardous and should be disposed of as clinical waste)

Sharps box

A 'sharps box' is for used and unused syringes and needles. You can ask for your sharps box to be collected using our online form.

Alternatively you can drop your yellow sharps box at Fordwater Trading Estate, Ford Road, Chertsey, KT16 8HG Monday to Friday 5am to 4.30pm. We do not supply replacement sharp boxes. You can get these from your GP or district nurse.