Clinical Waste

Corby and Kettering Borough Councils are not responsible for the collection and disposal arrangements of clinical waste within the boroughs, the health authority supplying the treatment must ensure the necessary arrangements are in place.  The Councils can however, offer a collection and disposal service at a charge should any health authority or business require this.

​​Clinical waste is deemed as such by the Controlled Waste Regulations 1992 or by a medical professional such as a Doctor, Consultant or District Nurse. This waste may be hazardous to any person coming into contact with it and therefore must be collected and disposed of appropriately.
Charges apply to all clinical waste collections from domestic properties at a domestic collection rate and cover the collection cost of this waste. Where a medical body requests a clinical waste collection on behalf of a patient they must provide details for invoices to be sent and changes will be made quarterly in arrears.
Any other waste arising from medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical, investigation, treatment, care teaching or research, or the collection of blood for transfusion, being waste which may cause infection to any person coming into contact with it will be required to be collected as clinical waste. Charges will be made at a commercial collection rate and will cover the cost of special disposal arrangements.
The removal of all clinical waste is chargeable and the health authority supplying the treatment has a duty of care to arrange collection/disposal of this waste via themselves or by using a third party contractor.
Hygiene / Offensive Waste
Hygiene / offensive Waste is non-clinical waste which can comprise of sanitary towels, nappies and incontinence pads (known collectively as sanpro waste). This waste is not considered hazardous when it originates from a healthy population. Such waste produced by a domestic household should be triple wrapped and placed in the general waste container.

If a large amount of offensive waste is being produced at a household an additional general waste bin can be supplied. The need for an additional bin in these circumstances will be assessed by an officer and each case will be looked at on an individual basis. The following circumstances will be considered:
  • Where one or more adults in the household have a condition that causes them to produce a large amount of incontinence pads, adult nappies, soiled clothing and/or bedding.
  • There are two or more children in the household, under the age of two that wear disposable nappies.
  • There are one or more children in the household with a medical condition that causes them to produce a large amount of nappies, soiled clothing and/or bedding.
Bins issued on medical grounds or for children in nappies will be reviewed on an annual basis and may require a visit from an officer for assessment.

Medical professionals, householders or carers are required to complete a Clinical Waste Transfer Note before the additional bin or clinical waste collection service can be provided.

Medical professionals and commercial customers such as Tattoo Studios and Beauticians can email  or call 01536 410333 to set up a collection.