Clinical waste

Clinical waste should never be disposed of in your black refuse bin or your red recycling bin.

What is clinical waste?

Clinical waste is waste produced from healthcare and similar activities, which unless rendered safe may prove hazardous to any person who comes into contact with it. Clinical waste is classified as the following:

  • human or animal tissue;
  • blood or bodily fluids;
  • human excretions;
  • drugs or other pharmaceutical products;
  • swabs or dressings;
  • syringes, needles or other sharp instruments;
  • any other waste arising from medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical or similar practice.

Household clinical waste

Households are exempt for items purchased themselves such as bandages and dresssings including plasters; these can be disposed in the black refuse bin.

Hypodermic needles, hazardous clinical waste including prescribed drugs and pharmaceutical goods should never be disposed of in your black refuse or red recycling bin.

If residents are treated in their home by a community nurse or a member of the NHS, any waste produced as a result is considered to be the healthcare professional's waste and it is their duty of care to arrange for its collection and/or disposal.

If this is not possible Slough Borough Council are obliged to collect the waste separately when asked to do so by the healthcare professional and can make a charge to cover the cost of collection.

How to register for a clinical waste collection

In order for a resident to receive a clinical waste collection, the healthcare professional must formally engage with Slough Borough Council. A letter of authorisation stating that they are formally requesting collection of clinical waste from the property of the resident must be provided from either of the following:

  • doctor;
  • community nurse;
  • health visitor;
  • home care assistant;
  • hospital;
  • social services.

On receipt of the letter, the resident will be contacted to confirm details and arrangements. A yellow clinical sacks will be provided by the clinical waste collection contractor with instructions. There may be a charge for this service.

Collections are usually made on a weekly basis for a Monday.

If you require further assistance about this service, please contact Amey, our waste collection partner, on 01753 518 555 or freephone 0800 634 6301.

Commercial clinical waste

Businesses will need to make their own arrangements for the collection of clinical waste and make sure they comply with all 'Duty of Care' requirements for the collection and disposal of hazardous waste.

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