We currently provide free collection services for clinical waste and sharps boxes in Ipswich. Both services are available to all Ipswich borough residents who self-administer medical treatment at home.
This includes the safe collection and disposal of items that could be harmful to others such body fluid or other biological material (including swabs or dressings) containing or contaminated with pharmaceutical products or anything that may be infectious.
Clinical waste must not be placed in either normal household or recycling waste bins
Waste that may be offensive in nature but has no identified risk of infection, such as hygiene waste and sanitary protection like nappies and incontinence pads, can be appropriately bagged and disposed of in normal household waste bins.
The request for a clinical waste collection should be requested by a medical profession/doctor/surgeon – once we have received the request we will contact you to set up your collection.
This includes the safe collection and disposal of sharps boxes that contain needles, syringes or other sharp instruments.
You will get one collection per quarter (every 13 weeks) as part of the service and your collection will take place between 7:30am – 12pm on the same day as your usual bin collections. Someone will need to be home to sign for collection.
All sharps must be placed in a sharps box, available on prescription from your GP, the council will not provide replacement sharps boxes.
Sharps and sharps boxes must not be placed in either normal household or recycling waste bins
Here are some frequently asked questions about this service.
Please complete the application form to request a sharps box collection.
All records of collection are confidential and all waste is taken to a special incinerator where it is destroyed.