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Clinical Waste

What is Clinical Waste?

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Waste which consists wholly or partly of: human or animal tissue, blood or other bodily fluid, excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs or dressings, syringes, needles or other sharp instruments which unless rendered safe may prove hazardous to any person coming into contact with them. Kettering Borough Council charge for all clinical waste collections.


Group A: Identifiable human tissue, blood, animal carcasses and tissue from veterinary centres, hospitals or laboratories. Soiled surgical dressings, swabs and other similar soiled waste.
Group B:
Discarded syringe needles, cartridges, broken glass and any other contaminated disposable sharp instruments or items.
Group C:
Microbiological cultures and potentially infected waste from pathology departments and other clinical or research laboratories.
Group D:
Drugs or other pharmaceutical products.
Group E:
Items used to dispose of urine, faeces and other bodily secretions or excretions which do not fall within Group A. This includes used disposable bed pans or bed pan liners, incontinence pads, stoma bags, catheters and urine containers. 

Sharps (needles) 

Kettering Borough Council collects sharps on a Wednesday. There is a £21.60 charge for this service.

If you obtained your sharps box and needles on prescription using an FP10 Prescription Form then your Drs Surgery should take this box back for you.

Diabetic patients receiving treatment under the Diabetic Clinic at Kettering General Hospital can return their sharps box to the clinic.

To arrange a sharps collection through Kettering Borough Council call 01536 410333.

Clinical Waste Collections (category A-D)

Kettering Borough Council collects clinical waste on a Wednesday. There is a charge for this service.

Yellow bags are provided for clinical waste and yellow boxes for sharps items.

Patients receiving treatment at home from the NHS should either speak to their District Nurse, contact their Doctors Surgery or the hospital providing the treatment to arrange a collection.

Commercial customers such as Tattoo Studios and Beauticians should call 01536 410333 or email RefuseAndRecycling@kettering.gov.uk, to set up a collection.

Commercial Clinical collections are charged at £17.10 per sealed bag and £26.16 per sharps box.

'Offensive' Waste Collections (category E)

Waste such as sanitary items, incontinence pads, catheters, stoma bags do not require special treatment and can be put into a general waste bin (black bin). The waste must be triple wrapped before it is put into the bin for hygiene reasons.

If a large amount of offensive waste is created at an address, due to a disability or another medical need, then an additional bin may be provided. The supply of any additional bin will be the subject of an annual review and completion of an application form. Kettering Borough Council may make a charge for the supply and emptying of this container.  

If you would like further information please contact the Waste Team on 01536 410333 or email RefuseAndRecycling@kettering.gov.uk

Last updated: 12/01/2015

Get in touch with Kettering Borough Council

Email: customerservices@kettering.gov.uk. Telephone: 01536 410333.

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