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Clinical Waste

syringes

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 and replace with an empty one:

  • 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

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 »

 

Alternatively call:

  • 01304 872428 during office hours
  • 01304 872070 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

Clinical waste collection application »

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