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Clinical Waste

Birmingham City Council will dispose of your clinical waste in a safe way.
If you are a domestic customer, undergoing medical treatment at home or fulfil further conditions explained below, we may collect your clinical waste once a week, free of charge. If you are a business customer, please read our commercial clinical waste section below.

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What is hazardous clinical waste?

Hazardous clinical waste is defined as any waste, which consists wholly or partly of:

  • Human tissue
  • Blood or bodily fluids
  • Swabs and / or dressings
  • Syringes, needles or other sharp instruments
  • Any infectious waste known or likely to be contaminated

which, unless rendered safe, may prove hazardous to any person coming onto contact with it.


Any other waste arising from medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical or similar practice, investigation, treatment, care teaching or research, or the collection of blood for transfusion, being waste which may cause infection to any person coming onto contact with it.

Domestic hazardous clinical waste collections

Hazardous sack collections:

Birmingham City Council offers a domestic hazardous clinical waste collection service to residents.

If you require a hazardous clinical waste collection please contact the clinical waste team on 0121 303 6713 who will confirm the type of clinical waste collection you require. We will advise you of the collection schedule. Your collections will be made on the same day each week. On your first appointment, will we deliver orange hazardous clinical waste bags for your use. Alternatively, you may make a request by using the form below:


Disposal of sharps / syringes:

Birmingham City Council operates a sharps container collection service for domestic properties and ensures correct disposal on behalf of the resident.

If you require a sharps collection please contact the clinical waste team by clicking on the “Request Clinical Waste Collections” button above. We will advise you of the collection date. On your first appointment, will we deliver sharps boxes for your use.

Commercial clinical waste – hazardous and san-pro:

Any commercial premises producing clinical waste, for example

  • Private residential homes
  • Private nurseries
  • Hotels
  • Pubs and night clubs
  • Dentists
  • Laboratories

The waste holders (owner of the commercial business) should ring the clinical waste team on 0121 303 6713 for advice regarding their particular waste type and to arrange a collection service if required.

Non-hazardous clinical waste

Non-hazardous waste:

Non-hazardous clinical waste can be disposed of with the normal household waste. Non-hazardous clinical waste is any item of waste used for the collection or disposal of human excreta or secreta, as well as sanitary waste, incontinence waste / nappies. This excludes waste from medical treatments.

Types of non-hazardous clinical waste includes:

  • Sanitary towels
  • Nappies and incontinence pads - unless the person / child has a medical condition that requires them to be treated as hazardous clinical waste – see above for definitions.
  • Incontinence bed pads

    Stoma bags
  • Disposable gloves and aprons – (unless used to treat open wounds or infections and then should be disposed of in an ‘orange’ clinical waste sack through a separate collection)

The city council recommends these items are double bagged to ensure no leakages.

Clinical waste the City Council is unable to collect:

Some types of clinical waste require specialist interventions and Birmingham City Council is unable to collect the following types of clinical waste:

  • Cytotoxic waste - from specific cancer treatments, including needles, tubes and vials that may contain such fluids. The Healthcare Professional will arrange for an alternative waste contractor to collect.
  • Radio-active waste
  • Medical instruments
  • Larvae - (live) used in the treatment of medical conditions
  • Medical specimens / tissue
  • Body parts
  • Pharmaceuticals or drugs, including vials- these can be taken back to the pharmacy
  • Highly contagious / infectious materials
  • Foetal tissue and placentas (from home births)
  • Unused medicines and unused medical aerosols - please treat these as pharmaceuticals
  • Blood products
  • Loose sharps and syringes

More information

Changing your address


Missed hazardous clinical waste collections


Cancel your clinical waste collections


What controls are there on the disposal of clinical waste?