How to dispose of medical waste

Home health care waste generated from a residential property, including empty colostomy bags, catheters, used bandages, dialysis bags, intravenous (IV) bags and tubes, without sharps and syringes attached are acceptable in your grey cart. Never put these items in your blue or green cart as this puts Solid Waste staff at risk. Please place these items inside two clear plastic bags (double-bagged) before putting them in your grey cart.

Needles and syringes should never be put in your waste carts. These items can be brought to a local pharmacy or to the Municipal Hazardous Special Waste (MHSW) depot at 110 Dunlop Drive for safe disposal. Before bringing them to the MHSW depot, place them in a rigid plastic container, such as a bleach bottle, soak the items in bleach overnight and drain, then tape the lid securely shut.

Medical waste generated from a clinic, hospital or medical office is not permitted in City of Guelph waste carts. These facilities must arrange for the safe disposal of this medical waste.


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