Refuse collectors being placed at the sharp end

By on 09/02/2010 in News

Residents who receive medical treatment at home are being urged to dispose of clinical waste responsibly by using a special council service, rather than the usual black bags. Refuse collectors in Birmingham are being unnecessarily put at risk by some householders disposing of medical waste incorrectly.

Yellow clinical waste bags and sharps boxes (used to contain sharp instruments such as needles) are provided free of charge for residents. Used needles should never be disposed of by putting them in with household refuse in a black sack. Clinical waste collections are normally arranged as a result of a referral by a hospital, health visitor, GP, district nurse or home care assistant, but can be arranged individually by householders.

Clinical waste collections are carried out once a week by a separate, dedicated service and are taken directly to Tyseley for specialised disposal.

For more information, residents should visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/clinicalwaste or call the city’s contact centre on 0121 303 1112.

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For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007  hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

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