Healthcare waste and sharps that are hazardous or infectious needs to be collected separately from usual household rubbish so it can be disposed of safely.

Types of healthcare waste include:

  • Non-hazardous healthcare waste
  • Hazardous clinical waste
  • Sharps
  • Medicines

Non-hazardous healthcare waste

Healthcare waste that is not hazardous or infectious can be put into your black household rubbish bin. This includes:

  • Dressings and bandages
  • Incontinence pad
  • Sanitary products
  • Stoma bags
  • Catheter waste (after the contents have been disposed of in a toilet)
  • "Peg" or stomach feeding equipment and;
  • Home dialysis waste (empty saline or glucose IV bags and tubing).

You may wish to double bag the waste before putting it into your black wheelie bin. If you want to get in touch with us about your non-hazardous healthcare waste please email wastematters@midsussex.gov.uk.

Please note: If you have an infectious illness or are undergoing treatment with cytotoxic or cytostatic drugs, such as chemotherapy, then the items listed above may be hazardous and need to be collected separately as clinical waste. Your healthcare provider will be able to advise you further.

Hazardous clinical waste

Healthcare waste which is hazardous or infectious (classed as "clinical waste") must be collected separately for safe disposal. Your doctor or nurse will advise if your waste should be collected separately and provide you with an initial orange plastic sack to put your waste in. Clinical waste includes:

  • Swabs and wound dressings/bandages that are contaminated with infectious or hazardous substances;
  • Wound vacuum drains or pumps.

To request a separate, regular collection for the safe disposal of your clinical waste please fill in our application form and email it to wastematters@midsussex.gov.uk with the details of your request (you can also post it to us if you prefer). If you would like to supply documentation from your healthcare provider to support your request, please do so.

Once registered for the service you will be supplied with yellow or orange bags with a stripe and we will continue to provide you with replacements.

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Sharps

Sharps, including needles and syringes should never be put into your rubbish or recycling wheelie bins, even if they haven’t been used. They should always be placed into a sharps box, which we can collect and dispose of safely.

We can collect cytotoxic waste (sharps boxes with a purple lid) by exception, but we would encourage you to contact your healthcare provider to discuss alternative options for the safe disposal of this waste first. If you require us to collect cytotoxic waste, we are unable to leave you with replacement containers. These can only be supplied by your GP or healthcare provider.

More information on Community Care can be found on the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust website.

To request a separate, regular collection for the safe disposal of your sharps please fill in an application form and email it to wastematters@midsussex.gov.uk with the details of your request (you can also post it to us if you prefer). If you would like to supply documentation from your doctor or nurse to support your request, please do so.

Once registered for the service you will be supplied with yellow sharps boxes and we will continue to provide you with replacements.

For information about how Mid Sussex District Council stores and processes your data please see our privacy notice available on our Privacy Notice page.

Medicines

Unwanted and out of date medicines should be taken to your local pharmacy. Do not put them into your rubbish or recycling wheelie bin, even if they have not been opened.

Empty and clean packaging and containers for medicine can be put into your blue-lidded recycling wheelie bin. This could include clean plastic or glass bottles, cardboard boxes and paper instructions and blister packets.

Already a customer?

If you are already a customer and would like to report a missed collection or arrange an alteration to your service please email us at wastematters@midsussex.gov.uk

Last updated: 01 June 2021