Medical Waste

Mole Valley District Council provides free household medical waste collections of sharps boxes and orange sacks.

Collections take place on Tuesdays. Please request your collection via the online form (see purple button below) by midnight on a Thursday to schedule your collection for the following Tuesday.

Loose sharps will not be collected; they should be presented in a yellow sharps bin. 

We are unable to offer customers the delivery of a container without a collection; you should ask your doctor/hospital for the initial container.

When completing the the online form you can request that a replacement bin be provided. Upon collection of a sack, a new one will be provided. 

Amey (our waste contractor) is NOT licensed to carry unused medication. Any unused medication should be taken to your local pharmacy.

Box for sharps

A sharps box should be used to safely dispose of needles, hypodermic needles and scalpels. These items should never be put in your general rubbish bin.   

Orange sack

A health or care professional will advise you of what waste should go in the orange sack, such as:

  • swabs and wound dressings or bandages
  • wound vacuum drains or pump

Only waste that could be harmful should go in the orange sack. This is because it is safely disposed of at a high temperature - which is an expensive process. So to avoid unnecessary costs, any other waste should go into your general waste bin - for details see below.


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General rubbish bin

All other waste can go in your general waste bin. You might wish to double wrap in a plastic bag when necessary. These include:

  • dressings and bandages that will not be harmful to others
  • stoma bags
  • catheter waste (please empty the contents in the toilet)
  • 'peg' or stomach feeding equipment
  • empty saline or glucose IV bags and tubing from home dialysis
  • incontinence pads
  • sanitary product
  • blister packs

Cardboard packaging, and plastic or glass bottles can go in your recycling.


Take unwanted or out of date medicines to your local pharmacy. Do not place in your general rubbish. We cannot accept medicines as part of our medical waste collection as our contractor is not licensed to carry medicines.