Clinical waste includes:
- infectious items
- identifiable human tissue
- needles from syringes
Items that are not clinical waste include:
- incontinence pads
- catheter bags
- stoma bags
- syringes that have had their needles removed
- PEG tubes or stomach-feeding equipment
These items have no contact with infective material and are taken as ordinary waste, like used disposable nappies and sanitary products.
If you are a resident of Thurrock, you can apply for clinical waste collections from your home using the online form below.
Safe disposal of 'sharps'
You can safely dispose of clinical sharps – needles, syringes, lancets or needle clippers – for free in boxes we provide at the pharmacies below.
|Allcures Pharmacy||62 High Street, Grays, RM17 6NA|
|Purfleet Care Centre||Purfleet Care Centre, Tank Hill Road, Purfleet-on-Thames, RM19 1SX|
|Boots||17 Derwent Parade, South Ockendon, RM15 5EF|
|Hassengate Pharmacy||Southend Road, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0PH|
|Dock Pharmacy||128 Dock Road, Tilbury, RM18 7BJ|
You must put your sharps in a small sharps bin – a specially designed rigid box with a lid – before taking them to the pharmacies.
Do not take loose sharps to the pharmacies.
Go to NHS: how should I dispose of used needles of sharps for advice on sharps and sharps bins.