We currently provide free collection services for clinical waste and sharps boxes in Colchester. These services are for all residents who self-administer medical treatment at home.
Clinical waste is any waste from healthcare activities that could pose a risk to public health or the environment if not disposed of correctly.
Hazardous (infectious) waste requires specialist collection and disposal, it must never be put in your normal household bins. Hazardosus waste includes any medical instrument that could cause punctures or cuts (sharps), or anything that could be harmful to others, this includes:
- hypodermic needles
- syringes with needles
- infusion sharps or scalpels
- waste and human hygiene products from infectious disease cases
- wound dressings
It should be stored in special orange sacks and be collected and disposed of safely.
Offensive (non-infectious) waste
Other clinical waste that may be offensive in nature but has no identified risk of infection, this includes:
- incontinence wear/pads
- colostomy bags
If the waste is not infectious, it can be double-bagged and put in your household bin. If you have more than three black bags of waste every two weeks, you can store this waste in yellow tiger bags ready for collection by our clinical waste service.
We do not provide empty boxes, but you can get sharps boxes on prescription from your GP. Any orange or tiger bags you have requested a collection for will be replaced by our contractor Medisort on your collection day.
How to book a collection
To book a collection you must register online and fill out the collection form. Once you have requested a collection, Medisort will call you within 24 hours to confirm the collection date.
You can tell us where you would like your waste collected from. For example, on your front porch, by a side gate or have the driver knock on your door.
Collections are made Monday to Friday between 9am and 3pm.We do not currently provide a collection service for businesses.
Book a collection
For help and advice, you can call us on 01206 282700 - press 1 for residential rubbish and recycling and 4 for clinical waste collections.