Sharps, Syringes and Clinical Waste

We provide a collection service for used syringes for those who are unable to take their used syringes to any of the drop off points listed below:

  • Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 1PL
  • Ashford Gateway Plus, Church Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1AS
  • Ashford Borough Council, Tenterden Gateway, 2 Manor Row, Tenterden TN30 6HP

If you would like to book a sharps collection please use our online book a sharps/clinical collection form.

Syringes are dangerous and could stab the waste collectors; if waste collectors are injured in this way, you could be pursued for their loss of earnings should they need to take time out from work.

You can obtain a new sharps box on prescription from your GP.

If you have needles to dispose of that have been used for a non medical purpose, Kent Drug Services can help you. Please call:

KCA – 01795 590635. Areas covered: Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Faversham, Gravesham, Shepway, Sittingbourne and Thanet.

Turning Point – 01322 278916. Areas covered: Dartford, Isle of Sheppey, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells.

Report discarded syringes on public land to us using our online form or by telephoning 01233 331111.

If you find syringes on someone else's land, you should report it to the land owner.

Clinical waste

The council can also provide a collection for other medical (infectious) waste from domestic properties within the borough. This type of clinical waste should not be put in with your domestic waste.  
If you require a collection, all you need to do is telephone 01233 331111, your details will be taken and we will tell you when the next collection is.

Please note we only collect from domestic properties. Nursing homes and medical establishments should arrange for this type of collection through their normal waste collection contractor.

**Please note that a clinical collection is no longer offered for incontinence waste, this waste should be disposed of using your general refuse collections. If you feel that you may struggle to contain this in your general refuse container, please contact us so that we are able to assist you.**