Clinical & Hazardous Waste

Clinical Waste Disposal

Clinical waste is any waste that poses a threat of infection to humans. The term also includes drugs or other pharmaceutical products. For disposal arrangements please contact St Mary’s Hospital. They are located at:


St. Mary’s Hospital
St. Mary’s
Isles of Scilly


Tel: 01720 422392




Hazardous Waste

Waste is considered hazardous if it is harmful to humans or the environment, this does not mean it is an immediate risk to human health, although some waste can be. You must dispose of such items safely. The Council of the Isles of Scilly does not collect hazardous waste, but you can bring some types to our waste and recycling sites for safe disposal.


Examples of hazardous household waste include:

·         asbestos

·         pesticides

·         fluorescent tubes

·         oils (non-edible)

·         some paints

·         some household and car batteries 

·         discarded electrical equipment such as TVs and computer monitors, fridges and freezers

·         discarded energy saving light bulbs



Asbestos: This material should be handled with care, you should wear appropriate personal protective equipment/clothing at all times whilst moving. Please call your waste site contractor in advance, or the infrastructure department for advice before disposing. We can only accept the bonded type of asbestos at the waste and recycling sites. All asbestos must be double wrapped/bagged in strong plastic. Disposal of asbestos will incur a charge, please see our fees and charges for more details. 


Paint: Items with hazardous symbols should be handled with care. Please bring in sealed, labelled containers. There is a 5L per week limit on disposal of hazardous paint.


’Emulsion paints can be disposed of with your household/commercial waste, please ensure it is hardened first. Do not dispose of paint down the sink as it harms the environment.


Chemicals: Please call your waste site contractor in advance or the infrastructure department for advice before disposing of any chemicals. These must be brought to the site and disposed of in sealed, labelled containers. 



If you have any further questions or comments, please contact the infrastructure department on 01720 424450 or via email on