Some household clinical waste can be disposed of in your normal non-recyclable bin collections.
Items allowed in your black bin
- disposable nappies, items used to dispose of urine, faeces and other bodily fluids
- incontinence pads, used disposable bed pans and bed pan liners
- stoma bags
- empty urine containers where there is no risk of blood contamination
Syringes and needles
Used needles must NEVER be:
- disposed of in the domestic waste stream (even if put inside other containers) as this could present serious hazards to staff
- bent or broken before disposal, and you must never try to recap a needle
You should use a 'sharps bin' to dispose of used needles or sharps. A sharps bin is a specially designed rigid box with a lid that's available on prescription (FP10 prescription form) from your GP or pharmacist.
Syringes can be returned to local chemists, who will take the full container:
- Paydens Ltd, 17 Queen Street, Deal
- Clockwork Pharmacy, 7 High Street, Deal
- Cairns Chemist (Vantage ), 51 London Road, Dover
- Paydens Chemist, 108 High Street, Dover
- River Pharmacy, 1 Chilton Way, River
- Grace Chemist, 127 Folkestone Road, Dover
Syringes and needles found in public places
We will collect any syringes found in a public place as a priority. Most syringes are collected within 12 hours of reporting.
Report discarded needles »
- 01304 872428 during office hours
- 01304 872199 out of office hours
Arrange or cancel a clinical waste collection
This is a free service but must be requested and organised through a District Nurse, Health Visitor or Doctor.
Use our form to:
- Apply for a new clinical waste collection
- Cancel or suspend an existing arrangement
- Request an additional collection
- Arrange for a sharps box collection
- Apply for an additional refuse bin for medical reasons
Clinical waste collection application »