Clinical waste from households

Clinical waste poses significant health risks to others and must be collected separately from other waste.

About clinical waste

Clinical waste includes:

  • Human or animal tissue
  • Blood or other bodily fluids
  • Human excretions
  • Drugs or other pharmaceutical products
  • Swabs or dressings
  • Syringes, needles or other sharp instruments
  • Any other healthcare related waste which may cause infection to a person coming into contact with it

Healthcare waste which falls within these categories needs to be collected separately from other domestic waste. Never mix clinical waste with your general refuse or recycling. 

Request clinical waste collection

Essentia Community Services will collect clinical waste upon request from local residents who produce this waste at home. However, if clinical waste is produced in the course of treatment by healthcare professionals, they are responsible for managing that waste, even if it is produced in your home.

Essentia offer two free services:

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

Request collection

Choose the second option, 'Self Medicating Waste Issue Report', to submit your request.

Amend or cancel collections

To change the collection date or if you no longer require this service, please visit Essentia Community Services (choosing the 'Self Medicating Waste Issue Report' option), or call them directly on 020 7188 9399.

Non-infectious healthcare waste

Non-infectious domestic healthcare waste such as incontinence wear/pads should be double-wrapped and disposed of along with your domestic waste in a black bag. If you are currently receiving collections for non-infectious healthcare waste, please contact Essentia Community Services directly on 020 7188 9399 to cancel the service.

The best way to dispose of unwanted medicines is by taking them to your local pharmacist.

If you are not sure whether you need a separate clinical waste collection service or not, please ask your healthcare service provider or contact Waste Services.

Read detailed guidance on managing your domestic healthcare waste.

Updated: 4 January 2019