Clinical Waste Collection

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Bexley provides a free, separate collection service for clinical waste. Items included as clinical waste are syringes, needles, dialysis waste and contaminated dressings etc. As someone with diabetes you may also have lancets and test strips from you blood glucose monitoring device (if using one).

Arrangements for a clinical waste collection need to be made through your GP, hospital or district nurse who will need to complete a request form. Most GP surgeries and district nurses will keep copies of the form. If you require a sharps collection, you should ask you GP/nurse to complete a form so that the council are aware you have waste they need to collect.

The collection arrangements have recently changed and you now need to call the contact centre on 020 8303 7777 to arrange a time with the clinical waste collection service for them to come and take away your old sharps boxes and provide you with new ones. Previously you were given a set date and time each month for your collection, however now you just phone for a collection as and when needed.

Collections take place between 6.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday. This includes public holidays (apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day), unless it is announced otherwise.

Sharps Collections

Customers will be provided with secure sharps boxes for the collection of the following items:

  • Syringe needles / needles
  • Broken glass
  • Any other contaminated disposable sharp instrument or item

There are two sizes of sharps containers – 0.6 litres and 4 litres. Containers will be delivered two at a time. Once one is full and one is almost full please call the contact centre on 020 8303 7777 to request a collection. We will then replace them with two empty containers.

  • Before using a sharps container, please ensure that the lid is fitted correctly by firmly pressing on it.
  • Sharps containers will only be collected when full or nearly full.
  • Please store sharps containers in a secure and dry location away from where children and animals can gain access.
  • Sharps containers must not be filled above the horizontal fill line.
  • Do not place sharps containers out next to your household waste or recycling.

What Happens to Clinical Waste?

All clinical waste collected by Bexley is taken to the Sita Healthcare waste facility in Rochester, Kent where it is made safe using 'autoclave' technology. The sterilised waste is then disposed of to landfill.

If you would like to find out more about the councils method of collection please follow this link directly to the council website. Alternatively if you live in Dartford please click here to go to their website and learn about their method of clinical waste collection.

Block A Level One, Queen Mary's Hospital, Frognal Avenue, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LT Diabetes Queries: 020 8269 3419