Disposal of hazardous waste and asbestos

Some types of waste are harmful to health and the environment and you should never put them in your bin. You must take the following types of waste to a recycling centre:

  • Asbestos (not all recycling centres accept asbestos, please check before you go)
  • Batteries
    • Small household batteries
    • Lead acid batteries
  • Household chemicals
    • Such as pesticides, antifreeze and solvents
  • Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
    • Large household appliances (washing machines, cookers)
    • Small household appliances (kettles, toasters, microwaves)
    • Cooling appliances (fridges/freezers)
    • TVs and computer monitors
    • Fluorescent tubes (including energy saving light bulbs)

Disposal of asbestos

Asbestos is a hazardous substance and should never be disposed of in your general waste bin.

Any loose asbestos placed in your bin puts the health of our workers at risk.

Please take all asbestos to any of these recycling centres:

Before taking asbestos to a recycling centre you need to make sure it is wrapped properly:

  • It must be wrapped in heavy duty polythene sheets
  • Smaller pieces of asbestos should be double-bagged and securely sealed

Recycling centres provide asbestos wrapping materials free of charge (in limited quantities) for householders. You will need to collect them from the recycling centre.

Please note – for safety reasons, site staff will always err on the side of caution and treat all cement bonded products as asbestos, even if the material has been tested for the presence of asbestos. 

For more information about the safe handling and disposal of asbestos please visit the HSE Website.