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Clinical Waste Disposal

Domestic clinical waste

Syringes and clinical waste

Clinical waste is any waste arising from the treatment of humans or animals that can cause infection or harm. Types of clinical waste:

  • Human or animal tissue 
  • Blood and other bodily fluids 
  • Drugs and medicines 
  • Swabs and dressings 
  • Syringes, needles and other sharp instruments

Clinical waste is usually produced at hospitals, doctors' surgeries, nursing homes, dentists and veterinary surgeries.  It can also be produced in private households by patients treating themselves at home.

How to dispose of clinical waste

It is preferable that clinical waste (including syringes and needles) is not disposed of with your normal domestic waste as it may cause harm to the person collecting your waste.

If you are a householder and have clinical waste to dispose of please contact your local health care professional or Primary Health Care Trust for advice. Alternatively, your local district, borough or city council may offer a clinical waste collection service.

Clinical waste should not be taken to any of the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Lincolnshire as they do not have facilities to deal with this type of waste.

Commercial clinical waste disposal

All businesses and commercial organisations are responsible for arranging and paying for the disposal of the waste they generate. They also have a legal Duty of Care. This means they have to make sure their waste is sorted, collected and disposed of correctly. If you require more information about the Duty of Care then please visit to the Environment Agency website.

It is illegal to dispose of commercial clinical waste at any of the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Lincolnshire. Anyone found leaving commercial clinical waste at these sites will face enforcement action, including cost recovery for the disposal of the material and possible prosecution.

A number of companies offer clinical waste services in the Lincolnshire area. Information on the service providers can be found in commercial telephone directory listings.


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Last updated: 19 August 2014

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