Dispose of hazardous household waste
Types of hazardous household waste
Waste is hazardous if it contains anything that is harmful to humans or the environment. Examples of hazardous waste include:
- garden chemicals and fuel
- non-native plants
More care and attention is required to recycle or dispose of these materials.
Recycling centres that accept hazardous household waste
You can only dispose of asbestos, plasterboard, and garden chemicals at the following recycling centres:
Check how to dispose of asbestos
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre that was widely used in buildings for insulation. It was used in flooring and roofing, and was sprayed on ceilings and walls. Its use is now banned in the UK, but buildings constructed before the year 2000 may still have asbestos in them.
It’s only when it’s damaged or disturbed that tiny asbestos fibres can be released into the air. Breathing in asbestos fibres can damage your lungs.
Before visiting a recycling centre to dispose of asbestos, you will need to:
- apply for a waste permit (valid for 1 year and can be used up to three times)
The maximum amount we can accept is three normal sized bin-liner bags or four sheets which measure about 2 metres by 1 metre each.
Charges for asbestos disposal
Conditions of disposal
- we can only accept bonded asbestos
- all wood, glass, plastic and metal must be removed removed from the asbestos before disposal
- asbestos must be double bagged and wrapped
- when you arrive, speak to a site attendant who will assess the load and take the payment
Items with asbestos, or cement bonded asbestos inside, like storage heaters, should be disposed of by a specialist asbestos removal company. Do not try to remove the asbestos yourself and do not bring the whole item to the household recycling centre.
Private asbestos removal
If you have asbestos to dispose of and don't wish to do this yourself, we suggest you use a private asbestos removal contractor.
Check how to dispose of garden chemicals and fuel
Some products are perfectly safe to use in everyday life, but are considered hazardous when it comes to disposing of them. This means they require specialist treatment, using safe and environmentally friendly disposal or recycling methods.
Types of garden chemicals
Garden chemicals include:
- weed killers
- fungicide sprays
It is illegal to dispose of garden chemicals or their wastes in drains, sinks or toilets as they can cause harm to human health, wildlife and the environment.
We can help and accept up to 5 litres of:
- garden chemicals
Ensure they are still in the original containers which are not leaking. Petrol and diesel should be in a petrol or jerry can.
Check how to dispose of plasterboard
Plasterboard is made of gypsum sandwiched between two sheets of lining paper. In a building it is used to make interior walls and ceilings.
All plasterboard brought to site should have tiles, wood and other materials removed before disposal.
Charges for disposal of plasterboard
We charge for the disposal of plasterboard.
Check how to dispose of non-native plants
Plants that have been introduced to a place where they do not naturally occur are known as non-native species. Many of these grow in the UK without causing a problem, but a few become invasive and can take over.
The most common non-native invasive plants are:
If you want to dispose of these plants you should read the guidance on how to stop invasive non-native plants from spreading. This includes advice on managing, treating, and disposing of non-native invasive plants.
You cannot dispose of any non-native invasive plants in your garden waste collection or at the recycling centres.