Domestic Clinical Waste
This page contains information on types of clinical waste
and the collections the Council offers.
Diabetic Sharps Collections
Bedford Borough Council provides a free
collection of diabetic waste for private individuals.
Diabetic sharps boxes are available on prescription from
your GP or Pharmacist.
Please click this link to request a diabetic waste
Diabetic sharps include:
- lancets used with finger-pricking devices
Please DO NOT dispose of sharps in the black bin as needles can
cause injury, and pass on infections.
If you are already registered and wish to arrange the collection
of a diabetic sharps box from your property please complete the
diabetic sharps waste collection online
form or alternatively call 01234 718060.
Domestic Clinical Waste Collections
Bedford Borough Council provides a chargeable clinical waste
collection. We recommend that private individuals should contact
their health visitor, district nurse, care assistant, or the
place that supplied the clinical sacks/sharps box, who may be able
to arrange an alternative.
Bedford Borough Council collects the following from domestic
households (charges apply):
- Clinical waste (infectious and non-infectious) e.g. swabs and
dressings contaminated with bodily fluids or medicine
- 'Sharps’ e.g. needles contaminated with bodily fluids or
- Offensive and hygiene wastes e.g. incontinence pads, stoma bags
and bed pans
Collections for commercially generated clinical, offensive and
hygiene waste including sharps can also be arranged.
Visit our Commercial Clinical waste collections page to find out
How to Classify your Clinical Waste
Minor first-aid and hygiene items such as nappies, sanitary
products, small dressings and plasters from domestic premises are
assumed to present no risk of infection unless a healthcare
professional provides advice to the contrary.
Offensive or hygiene waste is generally considered to be
non-infectious but if produced in large quantities can become
offensive and cause waste handling problems, this includes:
- Incontinence pads;
- Sanitary waste;
- Disposable medical items and equipment that
do not pose a risk of infection, including bed pans, stoma bags and
Such waste is not clinical waste and can be disposed of in small
quantities in the black household waste bin, so long as it is
securely bagged and free from excess liquid. When it makes up more
than half of your rubbish bin it may be necessary to arrange a
separate collection of this waste.
There are occasions when healthcare waste will be produced
within domestic premises, for example self-medicating patients. In
these circumstances, all waste items contaminated with blood, pus,
wound exudates and similar substances should be regarded as
infectious. Such waste is classified as hazardous clinical waste
and requires separate collection and specialist treatment. Do not
place this waste in your black rubbish bin.
Sharps are items (or parts of items) of healthcare
waste that could cause cuts or puncture wounds, including:
- Needle part of a syringe
- Scalpel and other blades
- Broken glass ampoules
- Patient end of an infusion set
Sharps contaminated with bodily fluids are
classified as infectious and are therefore hazardous clinical waste
requiring separate collection and specialist treatment.
If you are in any doubt about whether your waste
is classed as clinical waste, please speak to a healthcare
professional and seek their advice.
Setting up a Clinical Waste Collection
If you need to set up a regular clinical waste collection of
sharps and/or sacks please request a form from email@example.com or
call 01234 718011.
If you need a one-off collection of sharps and/or sacks please
online request form and a member of staff will contact you to
discuss your requirements.