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Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste is any solid or liquid material that may cause harm to human health or the environment if not disposed of correctly. The following are examples of hazardous waste:

  • Asbestos
  • Flammable liquids
  • Garden chemicals
  • Household cleaning products
  • Motoring products
  • Paint (Liquid)
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Poisons
  • Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders
  • Items containing mercury

Disposal must be done in a way that avoids harming the environment or causing harm to human health. You should never dispose of household hazardous waste (e.g. pesticides or creosote) down sinks, drains, lavatories, watercourses, ditches, near wildlife habitats or ponds. Hazardous waste must not be placed in your normal household rubbish bin.

Products for disposal should not be mixed together, and containers should be clearly labelled.  

  • Visit our clinical waste page for further information on the disposal of clinical waste, syringes and needles
  • For further information on waste reduction and recycling visit the Green Suffolk website.

Disposal of paint 

Empty paint containers

Empty containers of paint (regardless of type) and chemicals can be disposed of in the general household waste bin.

  • Leave the lid off so the refuse collection crews can see they are empty.
  • Empty and dry metal paint cans can also be recycled with scrap metal at one of the 11 household waste and recycling centres in Suffolk. Some sites also have facilities to recycle empty plastic containers.

Partly used paint containers

Tins of emulsion paint can be disposed of by adding soil and sand to it and leaving it with the lid off (away from children and animals). Once it has solidified it can be disposed of in the black bin.

  • Try to use up all your paint - if you only have a small amount left apply another coat to an area that might need extra protection.

Full paint containers

You could see if somebody else could use it. If you can't use your leftover paint, consider donating it to community or theatre groups, schools, churches or others who may need or want it.

Hazardous waste collection

A special hazardous waste collection can be arranged for items including paints, oils, weed/pest killers and other hazardous household waste. There is a minimum charge of £45.60 for this service.

Collection, treatment and disposal costs of hazardous waste are expensive for the council (approx. £80 per collection). For this reason, residents are urged to follow the advice as set out in these pages and to use this service only when absolutely necessary.

Please note that the hazardous waste collection does not cater for asbestos (see below for asbestos disposal advice).

Asbestos collections

Waveney District Council do not provide an asbestos collection service, so you would need to contact a specialist removal company for a quotation.

If you live in the Suffolk Coastal District Council area, please contact Suffolk Coastal Norse who will be able to give you a quote for an asbestos removal collection.

Household Waste and Recycling Centres

Hazardous waste such as syringes, asbestos, poisons or flammable liquids cannot be taken to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRC) although it will accept the following items:

  • Motor oil
  • Car batteries
  • Household dry cell batteries
  • Fluorescent tubes and light bulbs
  • Used cooking oil

For more details, visit http://www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk

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