Non-Clinical Sharps Recycling

Sharp objects can cause harm to humans, animals and the environment if not disposed of correctly.

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Recycling sharps service for Non-Clinical Sharps

Sharp objects can cause harm to humans, animals and the environment if not disposed of correctly.

As well as physical harm, sharps like knives, scissors and scalpels can take decades to decompose in landfill.

That’s why we offer a super simple recycling sharps service – so your business can dispose of its waste in a quick, safe and eco-friendly way.

Sharps Disposal service

All you need to do is steer your sharps recycling into our cheery sunshine bins with tamper-proof lids.

Our sharps disposal service says a big yes to artist scalpels, architect equipment, scissors and other non-clinical sharps.

The only no’s are medical and hazardous sharps – but if you’re not sure what you can recycle, get in touch with our friendly team.

Why set up a Non-Clinical Sharps collection with First Mile?

Easy switch from your current business waste provider

Flexible business waste and recycling collections up to 3 times a day, 7 days a week

Amazing support available 24/7/365 from our specialist commercial waste collection team

Service Extras, like compliance certificates, weighing and data, and posters

Sharps Disposal by First Mile

Disposing of sharp objects is by no means an easy feat.

If they end up in the wrong place, they can cause major harm to humans and animals. Plus, the metal can take decades to decompose, harming the environment.

Do you offer safe Sharps Waste disposal?

We want to ensure sharps are disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way, which is why we strive to make sharps recycling as painless as possible.

Simply pop your sharps into our tamper-proof bins – things such as scalpels, scissors and non-clinical sharps are what we’re looking for.

Then, our sharps waste disposal team will pick up your sharps container waste from your business and take it to our specialist storage facility.

Sharps disposal

And here’s the best part about our sharps disposal, your sharps recycling will go to an Energy from Waste facility, where the items will be safely incinerated.

The electricity generated from this process is sent to the National Grid and provides heating and hot water to local buildings. So you know that your waste is going to great use!

At First Mile, our sharps recycling service is a cut above the rest.

We offer flexible sharps waste collections up to 3 times a day, 7 days a week. That way, you can spend less time worrying about your sharps disposal and more time running your business.

Sharps Recycling FAQs

How can I get a quote?

Get your quote here. Enter your postcode, business and contact details and services you’d like – and we’ll come back to you with a quote as soon as possible.

What happens to business waste after you've collected it?

First Mile is responsible for collecting and disposing of all your rubbish in a professional, secure, and environmentally-friendly manner in.

Your rubbish and recycling is taken to our award-winning 'sacktory' in North London, where it is first sorted and source separated to ensure as much waste as possible is recycled. Outside of London we also have a facilities in Birmingham, or work with trusted partners Nationwide.

Recycling is then sent on to our specially selected partners who are responsible for recycling specific materials. Any waste that cannot be recycled is sent to generate green energy - nothing is sent to landfill. 

How soon can I set up a waste collection waste disposal?

As soon as you're ready! You can set up a service such as a general waste or mixed recycling collection as soon as you need online, or by getting in touch with one of our experts for a tailor-fit quote

Browse all of our business waste and recycling services, or click here to book a one-off waste collection, rubbish removal or waste disposal.

Why use First Mile?

As one of the leading waste management companies in LondonBirmingham and the UK, First Mile has already helped over 30,000 businesses to reduce their carbon impact with our range of recycling services - with over 200 new businesses signing up each week.

By choosing First Mile, you’ll benefit from a low cost, reliable service, a 24/7 helpdesk, and free monthly reporting. You can view our accreditations above and our certificates and insurances here.

What are cartons made of and are they recyclable?

The average carton is made up of at least three layered materials: 75% paperboard (from wood), 21% polyethylene (a type of plastic) and 4% aluminium (on long-life or aseptic packages only). It's this unique combination that makes carton packaging safe and efficient to store food and drinks, but it also means that recycling cartons require a very special process.

After collection, cartons are taken to a specialist facility where they're soaked into water to separate the paperboard fibres. These are then dried and recycled into new paper products. The recovered plastic and aluminium layers are separated and turned into garden furniture, industrial products and building materials.

The process of recycling cartons isn't the easiest, but it is possible. Still, worldwide, less than 20% of cartons packaging is recycled - we can and must do better. First Mile recycles cartons in the UK, reducing the carbon footprint necessary and ensuring that nothing ends up in a landfill.

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