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
- Pubs and night clubs
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 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
- 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
Please tell us if you are moving and need your clinical waste collection service transferred to a different address. Please include the following information in the Enquiry Details section:
- Customer name
- Previous address
- Current address
- Date of move
You must put your clinical waste out between 3:30pm the day before and 6:00am on the morning of collection. You must not put your clinical waste out before 3:30pm the day before.
If your sharps box is not collected, or you have any queries about collections, please call 0121 303 6713. If your hazardous clinical waste sacks are not collected, please click on the missed collections button below.
Your clinical waste may be collected at any time between 6:00am and 3:30pm so please do not report a missed collection until after 3:30pm on your scheduled collection day.
If you would like to cancel your sharps box collection service, please call 0121 303 6713. If you are clinical waste sack user, please use this form to tell us that you no longer require the service:
There are stringent controls in place to ensure that clinical waste is managed safely and is recovered or disposed of without harming the environment or human health. Under the Environmental Protection Act, 1990 it is unlawful to deposit, recover or dispose of controlled waste (including clinical) waste without a waste management licence, contrary to the conditions of a licence, the terms of an exemption, or anyway which causes pollution of the environment or harm to human health.
Contravention of waste controls is a criminal offence. Section 34 of the Act, places people concerned with controlled (including clinical) waste under a duty of care to ensure that the waste is managed properly, recovered or disposed of safely and is only transferred to someone who is authorised to keep it.
Householders are exempt for their own household waste.