Hazardous waste

Find information on types of hazardous waste, including domestic waste, commercial waste, clinical waste and asbestos.

Waste is hazardous when it contains substances that might make it harmful to human health or cause harm to the environment. The term 'hazardous’ does not always mean that waste is toxic.

Hazardous waste could be:

  • computer monitors
  • televisions
  • fridges
  • freezers
  • fluorescent tubes
  • asbestos
  • industrial chemicals
  • oil (not cooking oil)
  • clinical waste

Hazardous domestic waste

Some hazardous domestic waste (except for clinical waste) can be disposed of at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Find out about disposal of hazardous domestic waste.

Some household items classed as hazardous waste can be collected by our bulky waste collection service.

Hazardous commercial waste

We do not collect hazardous waste from commercial premises. You should contact a licensed specialist waste management contractor.

Clinical waste

Hazardous domestic clinical waste should be disposed of by a specialist company or healthcare professional. In some circumstances we can arrange to collect and dispose of hazardous domestic clinical waste.

Find out about how to dispose of clinical waste.


Special precautions may be needed when moving or disposing of asbestos.

You can dispose of cement-bonded asbestos for free at some household waste recycling centres.

We cannot collect asbestos from domestic properties.

Read the Health and Safety Executive guidance on managing and disposing of asbestos.

Hazardous waste advice

Find out about hazardous waste and your responsibilities or contact us for advice about dealing with hazardous waste.