Medical waste

Medical waste is healthcare waste that that may be contaminated by blood, body fluids or other potentially infectious materials.

Medical waste, including needles, equipment and unused medicines, needs to be disposed of carefully to ensure that no harm is caused to waste collectors, sorters and landfill workers.

See What is medical waste to determine if classified as a hazardous/medical waste. If determined to be medical waste, contact the following for appropriate disposal:

  • your medical equipment supplier
  • a commercial medical waste disposal service

 

Waste to landfill icon Band-Aids / Stick plasters

Waste to landfill icon Put in red/waste to landfill bin

 

Waste to landfill Bandages

Waste to landfill icon Put in red/waste to landfill bin

 

Other icon CPAP machine

Other icon Drop-off at an Unplug N’Drop hub for free e-waste recycling

Waste to landfill icon Put in red/waste to landfill bin

 

Waste to landfill icon Face masks

Waste to landfill icon Put in red/waste to landfill bin

 

Other iconHazardous waste icon Glucose sensors

These items CANNOT go in your household bins

Used sharps must be disposed of in a strong puncture proof container, or a strong plastic container or bottle, which has a secure lid.

Visit Sharps & syringes – disposal and pickup for local disposal options

 

Other icon Hearing aids

Other icon Drop-off at an Unplug N’Drop hub for free e-waste recycling

Hearing aid batteries – button batteries are banned from landfill. Dispose of via local drop-off locations

 

Other icon Humidifier

Other icon Drop-off at an Unplug N’Drop hub for free e-waste recycling

 

Waste to landfill iconRecycling icon Inhaler / Puffer

Recycling icon Plastic holder (actuator) – place in yellow/recycling bin

Waste to landfill icon Empty canister – remove from the plastic actuator and place in red/waste to landfill bin or check if your local scrap metal recycler will accept these. If you aren’t sure if the inhaler or canister is empty or if there is still some medication left, return it to your pharmacy for disposal

 

Other iconHazardous waste icon Insulin pens / Epipens

These items CANNOT go in your household bins

Used sharps must be disposed of in a strong puncture proof container, or a strong plastic container or bottle, which has a secure lid.

Visit Sharps & syringes – disposal and pickup for local disposal options

 

Waste to landfill icon Medical tubing

See What is medical waste to determine if classified as a hazardous/medical waste.

Waste to landfill icon Peritoneal dialysis FLUID BAGS & TUBING SETS - bags should be drained in the toilet, and bags and tubing sets wrapped and disposed of in the red/waste to landfill bin.

These materials are not suitable to be placed in council recycling services, regardless of whether or not they have been in direct contact with bodily waste fluids.

 

Other icon Medicines / Pharmaceuticals

Take to any pharmacy for disposal. DO NOT place these items in your household bins or down the drain.

 

Other icon Nebulizer

Drop-off at an Unplug N’Drop hub for free e-waste recycling.

 

Other icon Prosthetics

Contact Daw Park Repatriation Hospital Orthotics & Prosthetics Department on 8276 9666.

 

Waste to landfill icon Sanitary items – tampons, pads, bed pads

Waste to landfill icon Put in red/waste to landfill bin

 

Other iconHazardous waste icon Sharps

Sharps include finger prickers or blood glucose lancets, syringes, pen needles and needles used to insert insulin pump tubing.

These items CANNOT go in your household bins.

Used sharps must be disposed of in a strong puncture proof container, or a strong plastic container or bottle, which has a secure lid.

visit Sharps & syringes – disposal and pickup for local disposal options

 

Recycling icon Spacers

Recycling icon Put in yellow/recycling bin

 

Other iconHazardous waste icon Syringes

These items CANNOT go in your household bins.

The Needle Clean Up Hotline 1300 131 340 provides information on removing discarded needles and syringes from public places

or

visit Sharps & syringes – disposal and pickup for local disposal options

 

Other icon Turbuhaler

Since some medicine may remain inside a Turbuhaler, return it to your pharmacy for disposal.

 

Other icon X-Rays

Other iconX-rays can be taken to:

  • Any Red Cross Second Hand Store or Red Cross Head Office at 212 Pirie St Adelaide.
    ?Closest Red Cross stores are at:
    • 354 Shepherd Hill Road, Blackwood
    • 1267 -1269 South Rd, St Mary
  • Dr Jones & Partners/Southern Specialist Centre
    corner of Main South & O’Sullivan Beach Roads, Morphett Vale

Small quantities can also be dropped off or posted to:

X-ray films are processed in a refinery to extract the silver. The x-ray films are heated using temperatures of over 1,000 degrees Celsius. The silver is extracted and converted into a more pure silver form. The silver can then be reused for things such as silver solder, jewellery, the silver plating of utensils, electrical components and film manufacture.

 

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