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Clinical Waste Collections and Waste Assessment

We collect clinical waste on instruction from the Area Health Authority.

I am a resident.  How do I arrange for my clinical waste to be disposed of?

Please contact your District Nurse or Health Care Professional (GP or surgery nurse) who will tell you how to dispose of the waste and will complete a Waste Assessment Form if you need a special clinical waste collection.

If you require a special collection, the medical practitioner will then email or post the completed the Waste Assessment Form to us. You (the resident) do not need to complete any form. A member of the team will contact you about the collection arrangements.

I am a Health Care Professional.  How do I arrange for my patient's clinical waste to be disposed of?

If you are a Health Care Professional and wish to refer a patient for collection by the WCA, please complete the Waste Assessment Form and send the form through to the Council.  The contact details for enquiries and referrals are included in the Healthcare Waste Collection Policy document. 

What are the categories of clinical waste?

Clinical waste is categorised as follows:

Soft Infectious Waste; Yellow bag (incineration only) 

Infectious waste should not be disposed of in the black residual waste wheelie bin.

Infectious Sharps Waste: Yellow Sharps Container

This waste should be placed in the yellow 'Sharpsguard' sharps container. 

Offensive/Hygiene Waste

Non-infectious offensive/hygiene waste, including incontinence waste, empty stoma and catheter bags.  This waste can be disposed of in the black residual waste wheelie bin.

How do I dispose of my clinical waste?

  • Non-infectious Offensive/Hygiene Waste can be mixed into the normal domestic waste and put in your black wheelie bin.

  • If there is too much Non-Infectious Offensive/Hygiene Waste for the normal domestic residual waste (black) bin a special yellow bag collection can be arranged or (dependent upon circumstances) you can apply for an additional 140L bin.

  • Soft Infectious Waste must be collected and taken for incineration. A special collection is arranged for this; Soft Infectious Waste must not be placed in the household wheelie bin at any time.

  • Infectious Sharps Waste should be put into a 'Sharpsguard' sharps container for disposal.  Infectious Sharps Waste must not be placed in the household wheelie bin at any time.

Sharps Waste produced by self medicating patients:
The full sharps containers should be returned to the patient's own surgery by the patient or their representatives.

Sharps waste produced by housebound patients:
Where possible, the full sharps box should be returned to the patient's own surgery by a relative or representative.
When no other disposal route is available (i.e. no relative or representative can return the box(es) to the surgery on behalf of the patient) the Council will provide a collection of the 1 litre boxes, but will only do so when the patient has five full sharps boxes. 

I am a resident.  Do I have to pay for the service?

We do not make a charge to domestic households for this service.

What do I do if my waste hasn't been collected?

Please call us and let us know (details at bottom of page).

What do if circumstances changes or the type of waste changes?

Please let us know as soon as is practically possible if circumstances change, for example if the patient goes into hospital temporarily or no longer requires a collection.  Contact details are at the bottom of the page.

I am the patient.  I've had my sharps boxes collected in the past but I've been asked to contact my surgery for a new Waste Assessment Form.  Why is this?

All Local Authorities in Derbyshire have over the last year been working with Derbyshire Local Medical Committee, West Pennine Local Medical Committee and the Derbyshire Community Health Services Trust to reconfirm the arrangements for the collection of infectious healthcare waste, offensive waste and sharps generated from patient's homes across the county.  

As a result of this, a new Healthcare Waste Collection Policy has been developed to reconfirm the services that will be provide by each Waste Collection Authority (local Council) in Derbyshire.  This policy will be implemented by the 1st October 2015.

Previously, North East Derbyshire District Council collected sharps boxes for any residents who were referred to us by their Health Care Professional.  Under the new policy, the patient's surgery will be accepting sharps boxes from self-medicating patients.  The Council will only provide sharps collections, if required, for housebound self-medicating patients where no other disposal route is available i.e. no relative or representative can return the box to the surgery on behalf of the patient.  

The Council will therefore require a Health Care Professional complete the new Waste Assessment Form to confirm if you are housebound, with no relatives or representatives who can return the box(es) to the surgery for you, and still require a sharps collection to be provided by the Council. 

If you able to able to visit your surgery, or have relatives or representatives who can visit the surgery for you, the full sharps box should be taken to your surgery for disposal. 

North East Derbyshire District Council have written to many of the residents who have recently received sharps collections.  

Contact Details

  • Clinical Waste Collection
  • Rotherside Depot, Rotherside Road, Eckington, Derbyshire, S21 4HL
  • Telephone 01246 217610