Hazardous household waste

Various products routinely used in the home are described as 'hazardous' for the purpose of disposal. Examples include weedkillers, pesticides and asbestos. Hazardous waste CANNOT be disposed of with 'normal' household waste.

Disposal of hazardous household waste from the home requires specialist help and advice. If you are in doubt about the safety of a product, or do not know how to safely dispose of it, then call the WasteAware helpline on 0300 1234 051.

Hertfordshire County Council provides a special collection and disposal service for small quantities of hazardous waste. This service is free of charge. Examples of hazardous household products include weedkillers, pesticides, solvents, glues, acids, preservatives and poisons. Asbestos has to be disposed of at suitably licensed sites. It cannot be taken to Household Waste Recycling Centres.

If you have asbestos to dispose of from your home, Hertfordshire County Council will be able to advise you on its disposal. Ring the WasteAware helpline on 0300 1234 051.

 Alternatively search for a registered waste carrier.

Date of last review: 28 July 2015