Clinical waste collections

A free weekly clinical waste collection service is available to private households.

Clinical waste collections are not usually intended for adult hygiene products, such as incontinence pads, or dressings for bed sores. For this waste you can request extra refuse capacity.

Clinical waste is any waste which consists wholly or partly of:

  • human or animal tissue
  • blood or bodily fluids
  • drugs or other pharmaceutical products (these can also be returned to chemists)
  • swabs or dressings, or
  • syringes, needles or other sharp instruments

To arrange clinical waste collections, contact your local council customer services.

Clinical waste collections for businesses

We cannot collect clinical waste from businesses, which need to make their own arrangements. We suggest checking local phone directories under Waste Services for information on commercial service providers.

Contact Somerset County Council’s Adult Customer Contact team on 0300 123 2224 and they can tell you where your nearest local drop off point for unwanted mobility and occupational therapy equipment is.

Visit the Somerset Choices website to find local services and information to help you choose the right care and support for you.