Clinical waste is any waste which poses a threat of infection to humans. The term also includes drugs or other pharmaceutical products.
Clinical waste is mainly produced by hospitals, health clinics, doctors' surgeries and veterinary practices, but also arises from residential homes, nursing homes and private households.
Examples of clinical waste include:
- human or animal tissue
- blood or other bodily fluids
- drugs or other pharmaceutical products
- swabs or dressings
- syringes, needles or other sharp instruments - we do not collect sharps boxes. The boxes need to be returned to the doctors surgery or pharmacy where they were obtained from