Clinical waste

Clinical waste is any waste which may pose a threat of infection to people.

Clinical waste must not, under any circumstances, be discarded at Household Waste Recycling Centres or in domestic waste bins. This includes medicines: liquids, pills or injections. It also includes sharps bins and needles which are no longer required, whether used, unused, packaged or loose.

To dispose of sharps and medicine waste, you must:

  • take unwanted / out of date medicines to any community pharmacy for disposal.
  • return sharps bins issued by a hospital to:
    • the hospital clinic / ward (always use this option for purple-lidded sharps bins); or
    • the central or commercial pharmacies within the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary or Calderdale Royal Hospital during their opening hours.
  • return sharps bins given to you by your Doctor to your Doctor's surgery. You can also contact the Council to arrange a free collection from your home.

Request collection of clinical waste