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Clinical household waste (sharps)

Clinical household waste including sharps

We are able to collect sharps and other clinical waste.

Our collection service is free and confidential.

We've changed the way you access some of our online forms

You need to create an account and sign in to use our bin, recycling and some street issue online forms. When you sign in you’ll be able to:

  • submit a form
  • check the progress of your reports, orders and referrals
  • look at past communications with us, such as forms you've submitted, phone calls or emails

This account will be separate from other accounts you may already have with us. You can use the same email address that you use for other accounts.
We are fixing some recently identified accessibility issues with bins, recycling and street issue forms. If you experience difficulties, use our bins and recycling contact form instead. 

Sharps

You can arrange a sharps collection or an exchange when your box is nearly full.

Sharps are collected separately from other clinical waste. We collect them from sealed yellow topped containers which we’ll provide free of charge.
We can also collect a pink box, but we can’t provide a replacement box for that. This will need to be prescribed by your GP.

We can arrange to collect sharps from any convenient location to you or can knock on your door if you prefer.

If you require any other type of sharps box these will need to be prescribed by your GP.

Arrange a sharps collection or an exchange

Other clinical waste

Regular collections

We collect infectious waste from your garden or at the front of your property. Collections start at 7am.

Incontinence pads should go in your general waste.

You should:

  • keep the waste separate from your normal bins and recycling
  • put the waste in an orange sack
  • not overfill the orange sack
  • tie the orange sack securely
  • use a second bag if waste is wet and heavy

Arrange an infectious waste collection

To arrange regular collections for other clinical waste, speak to your healthcare professional. Let your healthcare professional know where you’d like this picked up from.

Call us to cancel a regular collection.

Home birth collections

For home birth waste collections the midwife must call us directly.

The collection will be made within 2 working days from booking.

Occasional collections

You may want a one-off collection such as for visitors. 

Call us to arrange this. 

Contact information

Bins and Recycling services (100TS)

PO Box 3399

Bristol, BS1 9NE

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 6pm.

Closed 12pm to 1.30pm Wednesdays for staff training

Email: waste.services@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 922 2100