Clinical waste is infectious waste which you may have as a result of ongoing treatment or post-operative care. It must be handled safely and kept separate from other types of household waste.
Infectious clinical waste must be collected separately from household rubbish as it can be hazardous.
Clinical waste includes:
- blood or other infectious bodily fluids
- disposable wipes, dressings, plasters, bandages, bedpans or liners, stoma bags and urine containers
- personal protective equipment (gloves, mask, aprons)
- saline or glucose IV bags and tubing
- needles and syringes
- human tissue
Non-infectious or hygiene waste, such as incontinence pads and nappies, do not require a special collection, but this waste must be placed securely in heavy duty bin liners in your grey rubbish bin.