Clinical waste from households

Essentia Community Services provide waste collections for borough residents who administer medications at home.

Essentia offer two free services (where your clinician has advised that you are producing clinical waste):

  • Weekly - orange sack collection
  • One-off - yellow Sharps bin collection

You will need to login to use this service.

What goes in your clinical waste

Orange sacks

  • Swabs and contaminated dressings
  • Drugs and Pharmaceuticals which you cannot return to your pharmacist or drug store
  • Excreta and body fluids (where contaminated with blood, or you have been advised you have an infectious condition)

Sharps box

  • Used syringes and needles

Not collected

  • Incontinence wear/pads - this should be double bagged and placed with your domestic waste (black bag). If you are currently receiving collections for incontinence wear, please contact Essentia Community Services directly on 020 7188 9399 to inform them of this so they can make the appropriate changes to the collection schedule.
  • Waste generated by a district nurse - this will be taken by the nurse.

Amend or cancel collections

To change the collection date or if you no longer require this service, please visit Essentia Community Services and complete the Self Medicating WIRE form or on 020 7188 9399.

Updated: 31 March 2017