What is medical waste

Medical waste must not be placed into the kerbside collection service bins.

Medical waste is defined* as waste consisting of:

  • a needle^, syringe with needle^, surgical instrument or other article that is discarded in the course of medical, dental or veterinary practice or research and has a sharp edge or point capable of inflicting a penetrating injury on a person who comes into contact with it; or
  • human tissue, bone, organ, body part or foetus; or
  • a vessel, bag or tube containing a liquid body substance; or
  • an animal carcass discarded in the course of veterinary research or medical practice or research; or
  • a specimen or culture discarded in the course of medical, dental or veterinary practice or research and any material that has come into contact with such a specimen or culture; or
  • any other article or matter that is discarded in the course of medical, dental or veterinary practice or research and that poses a significant risk to the health of a person who comes into contact with it.

* Schedule 1 Part B Environment Protection Act 1993
^ See link below for sharps and syringes disposal information

 

The following materials are not usually regarded as medical waste unless they fall into category (f) of the medical waste definition:

  • dressings and bandages
  • materials stained with or having had contact with body substances
  • containers no longer containing body substances
  • disposable nappies and incontinence pads · sanitary napkins.

These items may be placed in the kerbside waste to landfill collection bin

 

 

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