Hazardous waste

You must dispose of your hazardous waste safely.  This includes things like household batteries, car oil and paint that contain harmful chemicals.

We don’t collect hazardous waste in household rubbish collections.

Household waste that may be hazardous includes:

  • asbestos
  • pesticides
  • fluorescent tubes
  • oils
  • some paints
  • some household and car batteries 
  • discarded electrical equipment like TVs and computer monitors, fridges and freezers
  • discarded energy saving light bulbs (also known as CFLs)

Our household waste and recycling centres take some types of hazardous waste.  Ring the SITA helpline on 08456 300 300 for specific advice on what the sites can take.

If the household waste and recycling centres can’t take your hazardous waste, you may have to organise a collection by a specialist contractor.  You can find details of these online or through the Yellow Pages.

Our household waste and recycling centres accept cement asbestos sheets as long as they are household waste and not business waste.  See our charges at household waste recycling centres page for details.

Asbestos can become dangerous if it’s broken, so you should avoid breaking or cutting it and keep it wet to minimise dust.  You should wear suitable protective clothing and respirators at all times.

Securely double wrap/bag the asbestos in strong plastic to transport it. There are separate skips for asbestos at the household waste and recycling centre.