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Clinical waste

We can arrange to collect clinical waste from households. This is a separate collection and will need to be arranged on an inpidual basis dependant on the needs of the resident. This service is free of charge and you can call when to schedule a collection to suit your needs.

What is clinical waste?

Clinical waste is any waste that consists wholly or partly of:

  • human tissue
  • blood
  • other body fluid
  • prescribed drugs
  • other pharmaceutical products
  • swabs or dressings
  • syringes, needles or other sharp instruments

Please note: incontinence pads are not classed as clinical waste and should be disposed of in your black household waste bin.

Request a clinical waste collection

Please let us know if you need to cancel a clinical waste collection.

To request a clinical waste collection or to find out more, please contact Essentia Community Services by telephone on 0207 188 9399 or via email at

This service is only for use by residents and is not for collection from nursing homes or commercial premises.

For any expired/out of date or partially consumed prescription medication, please return these to your local pharmacy. Do not place this waste into the general waste stream.

Clinical waste collection review

The Council is reviewing the ways it provides the clinical waste collection service and all properties that receive this service will be getting a letter through the door in the next week.

The changes are to make the service more efficient, ensure that waste is disposed of appropriately and reduce carbon emissions by reducing the frequency of visits. 

Please complete your response by completing the form

Clinical waste collection review response

If you are unable to use the form please contact on 0207 188 9399 or via email at for assistance.

Last Modified: 31/07/2023 10:56:55

Environment and waste

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