Council consults on hazardous waste changes

This story was published 4 July 2017

The County Council is seeking the views of residents about how hazardous waste collection services should be provided.

Hazardous waste products

At present, the County Council provides a home collection service to residents who have hazardous waste which needs to be disposed of safely. This includes wastes such as white spirit; some paints and paint cleaners; weedkillers and pesticide; brake fluid and anti-freeze.

“We introduced this service over ten years ago to ensure residents had a safe and secure way of disposing of domestic hazardous wastes,” said County Cllr Andrew Lee.

“The time is right now to look at other ways of providing a service so that we can ensure residents are still able to dispose of hazardous waste safely but also to make sure we do so in the most cost-efficient way.”

The consultation asks questions around a number of potential options for future hazardous waste collection and disposal services, including: accepting these wastes at the county’s household waste recycling centres; charging for home collection services for some or all types of hazardous waste; or ceasing to provide a home collection service for some or all types of hazardous waste.

The consultation will run from July 10th for 12 weeks and can be completed online at

Alternative format versions of the questionnaire are available on request from the County Council’s customer service centre on 01609 780780 or by emailing

A consultation is also underway to seek the views of partner organisations about the service. Clinical waste collection and disposal services are not part of this service review.