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Clinical Waste

Clinical waste materials may be dangerous to anybody coming into contact with them unless made safe

Hazardous Waste

Clinical waste must be collected on its own. It cannot be put in your household bins or collected with other waste. This is because it may be hazardous or infectious. 

Clinical waste includes:

  • Blood, excretions or bodily fluids
  • Drugs or other pharmaceutical products
  • Human tissue
  • Swabs or dressings
  • Infectious waste that is known, or likely to be, contaminated
  • Syringes, needles and other sharp instruments. (These items must be disposed of in a proper sharps bin. This is available on prescription)

These items, unless made safe, may harm anyone coming into contact with them.

Fenland District Council collects clinical waste from domestic households. Examples of this include:

  • dialysis waste
  • treatment of infectious wounds (where the patient is self-treating and has asked for a collection)

Clinical waste is collected in a secure vehicle by a trained driver. The vehicle may be branded in the collection company's logo.  Waste is treated and disposed of at a specialist treatment facility. 

We are not responsible for collecting clinical waste produced by treatment from the NHS at home.  

Arrange a collection

To arrange a clinical waste collection, we need a letter from your GP or health care provider. This letter must:

  • confirm that collection is needed
  • describe what the waste is
  • recommend how the waste should be stored, collected and disposed of

This service is only for the collection of 'household' clinical waste from domestic households. There is a charge for collections.

You can request a collection by:

Please send any letters relating to this service to: 'CONFIDENTIAL - Clinical', The CEL Support Team, Fenland District Council, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, PE15 8NQ.