Clinical waste

Clinical waste is any waste that consists wholly or partly of:

  • human or animal tissue
  • blood or bodily fluids
  • excretions
  • medicines or other pharmaceutical products
  • swabs or dressings
  • syringes, needles, finger pricking devices and lancets

Reporting discarded clinical waste

Officers can provide advice on how to dispose of, or collect hazardous waste such as clinical waste, medicines and syringes.

If you find discarded needle sticks and syringes do not touch them as you could be injured; contact Norse and ask for the Street Cleansing section who will remove them using the proper equipment.

The Street Cleansing Team will remove any clinical waste within one working day of it being reported.

Household clinical waste

There are certain types of clinical waste that are accepted in your wheelie bin and do not require a specialist waste collection bin. The most common types are used dialysis, colostomy, and stoma bags. Ideally, these should be double-wrapped in plastic bags when placed in the bin.

Commercial clinical waste

The Council’s partner, Norse, provides commercial clinical waste collections in the Suffolk Coastal area and you can contact them on 01394 444000 or email for more information and a quotation.  The service is not currently available from Norse in the Waveney area, however, there are a number of contractors who provide this service; details of which would be available from your nearest hospital or an online directory.

Find out more about clinical waste by visiting the GOV.UK website.

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