Council issues advice on disposal of clinical waste

Following national headlines, South Northamptonshire Council is advising residents of the correct way to dispose of clinical waste.

This month the NHS issued temporary advice to district nurses to use patient’s household bins to dispose of non-infectious dressings, gloves and aprons.

Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “As long as the advice to double bag some clinical waste is followed, we’re happy to support these temporary measures by the NHS.

“But one thing we have to stress is that needles and syringes must never be placed in residents’ black domestic waste or blue recycling bins.

“Much of the recycling system is automated but there is still a stage of manual handling. I am certain no one wants to be responsible for a recycling worker being hurt by a needle or infected by a life long illness.

“If you have to dispose of needles you can request separate and free sharps collections from us.”

Healthcare related waste such as incontinence pads, stoma bags, plasters and non-infectious dressings should be double bagged in plastic bags and placed into your black bin.

SNC also provides a free weekly infectious clinical waste service to residents who are referred to the council by a healthcare professional.

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