The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) defines clinical waste into two categories of materials:
- Waste which poses a risk of infection
- Medicinal waste
Whilst clinical waste is mainly produced by hospitals, health clinics, doctors' surgeries and veterinary practices, it also arises from residential homes, nursing homes and private households.
Examples of clinical waste include:
- Incontinence pads
The Council is licensed to collect Category E (low grade) clinical waste.
Clinical waste generated within the household should be double bagged and placed within the general household waste bin and placed for collection as normal.
Commercial Waste Officers are available to meet local businesses to discuss how best to deal with their clinical waste.