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Request a healthcare waste collection

Healthcare waste refers to any waste produced by, and as a consequence of, healthcare activities. It is very important that this type of waste is assessed by a medical professional in order to make sure it is disposed of appropriately. Healthcare waste is not accepted at recycling centres.

Only infectious healthcare waste and sharps/needles require a separate healthcare collection. If a healthcare professional has identified that you're producing non-infectious healthcare waste (such as incontinence pads) this can safely be placed in your general waste bin, but please place your waste in a plastic bag and seal it up first. 

Questions about healthcare waste can be answered by your local district/borough council:

Request a healthcare waste collection

This service is for:

Anyone who has been told they need a healthcare waste collection by their health practitioner.


You can request a healthcare waste collection if your healthcare professional (for example a GP, practice nurse, district nurse, hospital consultant) has told you that you need to.

You will need:

Your healthcare professional's details, so we can confirm with them what type of collection is most suitable. Your medical condition will not be discussed.

What you are going to do:

Use an online form to request a healthcare waste collection. We aim to get in contact with you within ten working days.

Request a collection

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