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Clinical Waste

How do I arrange clinical waste collection?

For the collection of clinical waste please contact your GP or Nurse who will tell you how to dispose of your waste.

If a special collection is required they will fill in a Waste Assessment Form (.docx | 27kb) which you need to send to us and we will contact you to discuss how your waste will be disposed.

Categories of clinical waste

Clinical waste is categorised as follows:

Soft Infectious Waste

  • Yellow bag (incineration only).
  • A special collection is required to dispose of this waste and must not be placed in the black bin.
  • 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.
  • Full sharps boxes prescribed by the NHS must be returned to your GP / Health care surgery for disposal. Healthcare surgeries in Derbyshire must take the full boxes under the Derbyshire Healthcare Waste Collection Policy.
  • If you are housebound, and have no relative or representative who can visit the surgery for you, the Council may collect the 1 litre sharps boxes for you (after you have accumulated 5 boxes). However, we would need a waste assessment form completing from your Health Care Professional before we can make a collection.

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.

More Information

For any further information, or if your clinical waste hasn't been collected, please contact us on 01246 231111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..