Healthcare waste

Domestic clinical waste

Domestic clinical waste is produced by residents within their own homes. It can consist of:

  • Human or animal tissue
  • Blood or other bodily fluids
  • Excretions
  • Drugs or other pharmaceutical products
  • Swabs or dressings
  • Syringes, needles or other sharp instruments
  • Any other healthcare related waste which may cause infection to a person coming into contact with it such as incontinence pads produced by someone suffering from an infectious disease.

The best way to dispose of unwanted medicines is by taking them to your local pharmacist. Local pharmacists that provide needle exchange services are listed below.  

Example: incontinence pads

Incontinence pads are classed as clinical waste if the resident producing it from his or her home is suffering from an infectious disease. Non-infectious incontinence pads are domestic offensive waste and should be wrapped thoroughly before being put in the dustbin.

Infectious incontinence pads, as they are clinical waste, must be stored and collected separately from other waste. If the waste was produced during the course of professional home treatment it is the responsibility of the service provider to make suitable arrangements for its collection and disposal, not the resident.


We collect clinical waste produced by residents within their own homes. To receive this service, first contact your healthcare provider (such as GP, nurse or health visitor). They will request that we start collecting and provide suitable containers such as yellow boxes for safely containing used syringes.

Our contractor will then contact you to arrange collection times and days.  Any clinical waste collected by this service will be disposed of safely and all records are treated confidentially. Clinical waste must be collected separately and not mixed with other waste placed out for collection by the council or other contractors.

Needle exchange services at pharmacies

The following pharmacies are known to accept used needles:


Barkers Chemist, 49 Falcon Road, SW11 2PH (Tel: 020 7228 1701)

Healthchem Ltd, 166-168 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3AW

Clapham Junction

Boots*, 10 Falcon Lane, SW11 2LG (Tel: 020 7978 5960)


Co-op Chemist**, 3 Danebury Avenue, SW15 4DF (020 8788 3150)


Aura Pharmacy, 78 Inner Park Road, SW19 6DA (Tel: 020 8788 6531)


Markrise Pharmacy, Mitcham Lane, SW16 6LY (Tel: 020 8769 0446)


Tooting Pharmacy, 175 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7TJ (Tel: 020 8672 5843)


Barkers Chemist*, 245 Garratt Lane, SW18 4DU (Tel: 020 8874 1495)

*Only accepts containers of less than 1 litre capacity.

** Accepts needles from addicts but not diabetics.

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