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 healthcare 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:
You can request a healthcare waste collection online.