clinicalThe council collects medical waste from residents free of charge after a referral from a GP or medical centre. We will collect the first collection within 5 working days of receiving the completed referral form and you will be informed which day to ensure your waste is available for weekly collection. 

Please speak to your nurse/doctor for help, or you may seek advice by calling the council on 0115 9072244 or using the contact form.


In a domestic situation the following items may be deemed as clinical waste:

  • Soiled surgical dressings and swabs
  • Used sharps/syringes
  • Items used to dispose of bodily secretions, including incontinence pads and stoma bags. In some cases, these items may be treated as household waste. This should be clarified by your district nurse/doctor.


How should it be stored?

It must be stored in yellow clinical waste bags which must be tied or sealed firmly shut before collection.

Sharps and syringes are collected free of charge from residents who are housebound.  Sharps and syringes must be placed in a special yellow plastic container called a sharps box.

If your clinical waste falls under the category of landfill, upon referral we will provide you with the appropriate bags; please speak to your district nurse who will be able to help clarify any queries you have.


Discarded sharps and syringes

The council will collect and safely dispose of all discarded/dumped sharps and syringes from public places that are under our control.

Please do not attempt to remove them yourself as infectious diseases may be contracted from used needles.

The Pride-line number below may be used to confidentially report anyone disposing of or dumping needles in public.

Contact us and give details of where the needles/syringes are located and the council will ensure they are collected safely.


Pride-line: 0115 850 8383 (24 hours confidential hotline)


Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP 0115 907 2244