Rubbish Disposal

Rubbish Disposal

I am on peritoneal and moving back to England from Spain after many years. It's different here in Spain where we live as we have to take our own rubbish from the house to central collection points. When I left England there was just one bin. There are a number of waste streams but I presume empty plastic bags that contained the liquids aren't a special waste other than plastic. Cardboard will be a lot as most people know and that has to go into a special bin I have heard. I wonder how many I will need because I also heard they weren't emptied very often.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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  • Hi, my local council provides orange or yellow bags for my "clinical waste" which is basically everything involved in my PD other than the cardboard boxes. They then collect the bags from the kerbside every week. Cardboard is collected from every household in our area fortnightly, although other councils may differ. Hope this helps

  • Hi cgh, thanks for the reply. I am surprised that the empty bags are regarded as clinical waste as they drain completely if you cut the corner off and they are just a sterile dextrose solution. I can see the cardboard being a problem.

  • Hello - your local council (back in England) will arrange for your clinical waste collection - your used fluid bags - weekly, and also cardboard collection is also weekly. This is generally the case, but there is some regional variation. Where in the UK will you be living? Your regional NKF advocacy officer will be able to help set these things up if necessary.

  • I will be moving to Burnley, which I don't know but my partners kids live there and my daughter is less than 30 mins away. I wonder of there is a local group that meet up that might be of interest to me.

  • Yes, there will be a Kidney Patient's Association, I'm sure. I will forward this exchange onto my colleague in Manchester. In the meanwhile there is a very good facebook group (if you "do" fb), called Renal Patients Support Group - this has gone international, and a really good forum for renal folk - patients and carers. Good luck with your move.

  • Hello Fredinspain, good on you. It's good to come home and closer to your loved ones, too. Rubbish collection is done from in front of your house. The bins are adequate for rubbish IMHO and you can request for an extra black bin from the council for your fluid bags, the card box boxes you can either break down and put in your paper bin or reduce them to flat packs and take them to your nearest recycle centre. If you have any problems with getting your extra black bin, just speak to your nurse who will give you a number of someone who can help with it.

  • Hi Hilly038, Yes you are right and it is the reason I am coming home because the hospitals here are excellent but no family. I have been on APD for more the three and a half years and haven't traveled to England to see my daughter in that time and she can't fly due to a thrombosis in her leg.

    So Friday July 4th she will be picking us up from Manchester Airport and taking us to our new house in Burnley Lancs and we shall go out for a Chinese meal.

  • No, the used drain out bags should be disposed of in clinical waste yellow bags I think. Your local council should be able to advice.

    You should be able to find out from the hospital you will be under and your local council.

  • Our local council delivers a supply of yellow bags for clinical waste each week and then collects them from by the front door (ours is a long way from the street). You contact the waste disposal service to arrange or the renal nurse may be able to do that for you. x

  • Thanks for all the replies. I contacted the Council and they said they would collect them, then the renal nurse phoned me to say that the NHS would collect every Monday morning. So like many things it turned out not to be as big a problem as I thought. Cardboard goes out with recycle bin once a fortnight and they have given me a little white plastic bag but apparently I can place flat packed boxes under it and that will be collected by the Council every 2 weeks.

    I estimate an average of 25 boxes flat packed on the pavement. Hope there isn't a gale!

  • Thanks for all the replies. I contacted the Council and they said they would collect them, then the renal nurse phoned me to say that the NHS would collect every Monday morning. So like many things it turned out not to be as big a problem as I thought. Cardboard goes out with recycle bin once a fortnight and they have given me a little white plastic bag but apparently I can place flat packed boxes under it and that will be collected by the Council every 2 weeks.

    I estimate an average of 25 boxes flat packed on the pavement. Hope there isn't a gale!

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