Hazardous Household Waste

Clinical Waste

Clinical waste includes swabs, dressings, syringes or needles.

Sanpro waste (sanitary towels, nappies and incontinence pads) is not considered hazardous if it originates from a healthy population. This means that if it is appropriately bagged and sealed in can be disposed of with other household waste in the refuse sacks.

Whether healthcare waste should be disposed of as clinical waste depends on whether it is deemed hazardous or not.

If however the waste is classified as hazardous and you are receiving medical treatment at home, then the healthcare professional administering your treatment can remove that waste and arrange for appropriate disposal (as the waste is considered to be the medical professional’s waste). Speak to your healthcare professional if you are unsure whether it is classed as hazardous or not.

If you are treating yourself at home and the waste arising from your treatment is classified as hazardous (i.e. where a particular risk has been identified based on medical diagnosis) and you require a collection service please contact Veolia on 0203 5676955 for a quotation.

For further information regarding healthcare waste produced in a household please see the Healthcare Waste guidance on GOV.UK. If you are unsure whether your waste is hazardous or not please seek advice from your healthcare professional.

We do not provide a service for clinical waste produced by hospitals, health clinics, GP’s, residential homes, nursing homes or veterinary practices.

To find out what you should do if you find needles, syringes and other clinical waste in a public area, please see our Reporting Needles, Syringes and Drug Related Waste page.

Page last updated: 19/05/2017