Household clinical waste

Some household clinical waste can be disposed of in your green bin.

Items allowed in your green bin

  • disposable nappies, items used to dispose of urine, faeces and other bodily secretions or excretions
  • used disposable bed pans and bed pan liners
  • incontinence pads
  • stoma bags
  • empty urine containers where there is no risk of blood contamination

If you need an additional bin due to household clinical waste, you can request an additional bin.

Other clinical waste

Some types of clinical waste are considered to be hazardous and must not be disposed of in bins provided for general household waste. 

  • if you are being treated in your own home by a health care professional, then the healthcare professional will advise on the correct method of disposal for your clinical waste.
  • if you are producing clinically infectious waste associated with cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines and you are not being treated by a health care professional in your own home, please contact your healthcare provider for further information regarding the safe disposal of this waste.
  • if you are a self-caring patient using injectables, for example, if you are a person with diabetes, the GP or healthcare worker should prescribe you the appropriate container such as a sharps box and will advise you of local disposal options including a local pharmacy. Find your nearest pharmacy on the map below to dispose of your sharps box.

Find a local pharmacy