Hazardous waste

Find out what hazardous waste is, how to have it collected and how to dispose of it safely.

Household hazardous waste includes any material discarded by a householder which puts human health or the environment at risk because of its chemical or biological nature.

Examples of household hazardous waste include:

  • Asbestos (for example, ironing board mats or old asbestos guttering)
  • DIY products (such as oil based paint, varnishes, paint stripper and some wood treatments - please note that creosote is now banned for amateur use)
  • Flammable liquids (such as white spirit, paraffin and wood dyes)
  • Garden chemicals (such as weed killers and insect killers)
  • Poisons (for example, rat and mouse poisons)
  • Household cleaning products and chemicals (such as toilet cleaners, drain cleaners and bleaches)
  • Motoring products (such as antifreeze and brake/clutch fluid)
  • Swimming pool chemicals (such as chlorine additives, pH adjusters and algicides).

From 1 December 2023 hazardous waste collections can be booked directly with our contractor Biffa. You do not need to contact your district or borough council to book a hazardous waste collection. Find out how to book a hazardous waste collection here. Charges apply.

Disposing of hazardous waste yourself