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Clinical Waste

Clinical Waste FAQ's

  • Q

    What is Clinical/Healthcare Waste?

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    Clinical/Healthcare waste is any waste which contains substances that are potentially harmful to humans or animals. This can include; human or animal tissue, blood, bodily fluids, excretion or drugs. Pharmaceutical products such as; swabs, dressings, syringes, needles, scissors or other sharp instruments, can also be classed as clinical waste, especially if they prove hazardous to any person, or animal, coming into contact with them.

  • Q

    What is classed as non-infectious waste?

    A

    General domestic items such as nappies, feminine hygiene products, incontinence pads and swabs are classed as non-infectious waste. These items can be put into your normal black bag for collection.

  • Q

    How do I dispose of my non-infectious waste?

    A

    Any waste classed as non-infectious can be disposed of in your black refuse bags, and placed for collection with your normal household waste.

  • Q

    What is classed as infectious waste?

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    Infectious waste is classed as any items that contain infectious substances, harmful to another human being (or animal). This includes items such as: infected gloves, aprons, swabs and bandages.

  • Q

    Who decides if my waste is infectious/contaminated?

    A

    A healthcare professional, such as a Doctor or Community Nurse etc. must determine whether your waste is classed as infectious/contaminated. Please call us on 01237-428700 option 3 for clarification on clinical waste.

  • Q

    How do I dispose of my infectious waste?

    A

    Any waste declared by a healthcare professional as 'infectious/contaminated' MUST be disposed of in a yellow waste bag. Yellow bags will then be collected separately to your normal household refuse collection.

  • Q

    Where can I get hold of a yellow bag?

    A

    Once you have arranged for collection of your waste, our contractors, Peake GB, will deliver the yellow bags to you. They will also arrange for repeat delivery to take place after every collection. Please contct Torridge District Council to arrange a clinical waste collection on 01237-428700 option 3.

  • Q

    How do I arrange collection of my yellow bags?

    A

    Before Torridge District Council can arrange a collection of your yellow bags, we require some written information from you. Please contact us 01237 428700 option 3 to request a Clinical Waste Questionnaire. Once we have received the completed form from you, we will arrange for our contractors to begin collection.

  • Q

    My collection has been missed, how do I contact?

    A

    If your yellow bags have not been collected please contact us on 01237-428700 option 3

  • Q

    How do I dispose of my Sharps needles/syringes/blades/scissors?

    A

    All Sharps, whether infectious or non-infectious, must be disposed of in a rigid sharps container marked with a UN 3291 symbol. You can request the container by contacting us on 01237-428700 option 3

  • Q

    I require a collection of my Sharps container. How do I arrange this?

    A

    All Sharps materials, whether infectious or non-infectious, can be collected by our contractors Peake GB. You can arrange collection by calling us on 01237-428700 option 3.

  • Q

    My Sharps collection has been missed, who can I contact?

    A

    Please contact us on 01237-428700 option 3 regarding your missed collection

  • Q

    I have left over/unwanted pharmaceuticals, how do I dispose of the items?

    A

    Any left over or unwanted pharmaceuticals should be taken to a pharmacy that operates a 'take back' service. Please do not flush such items down the toilet or dispose of them in your refuse bags.