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If you inject yourself with medication, you should now take your sharps waste to a participating pharmacy in your area for safe disposal. This free service is available to all residents who need it.
Click here to search for your nearest participating pharmacy or call 0344 800 8020
GP surgeries are no longer accepting sharps waste.
If you are unable to take your used medical sharps to one of the pharmacies on the list, please contact
your district council to arrange a home collection.
Only dispose of used sharps in specialist sharps bins.
A sharps bin is a specially designed rigid box with a secure lid, which is available on prescription (FP10 prescription form) that can be dispensed, along with medication.
Used sharps must not be placed in general household waste or recycling bins.
Clinical waste including sharps waste produced at a domestic property is household waste.
Clinical waste includes:
Clinical waste must not be placed in either normal domestic or recycling waste.
Offensive waste is different to clinical waste, This waste should be appropriately bagged and can be placed in normal domestic waste bins but must not be placed in a recycling bin.
Offensive waste is:
Healthcare providers who treat patients in their own home and produce clinical waste as a result of treating patients are under a duty of care to manage the waste they produce. The healthcare provider must make their own arrangements for such waste.
Care Homes/Nursing Homes should make their own contractual arrangements for the disposal of clinical waste; if it is as a result of community pharmacies providing an additional/enhanced service to the care home then the pharmacy should be making separate arrangements for the disposal.