Disposal of hazardous waste
By improving the way hazardous waste is currently managed, the future risk is reduced. Find out here how to dispose of hazardous domestic waste.
What is hazardous waste?
Waste is hazardous when it has properties that might make it harmful to human health or the environment. The term 'hazardous' does not always mean that such waste is immediately harmful, though some can be.
What types of waste are hazardous?
Domestic wastes that may be hazardous include:
- fluorescent tubes
- some paints
- some household and car batteries
- batteries and discarded electrical equipment such as TVs and computer monitors, fridges and freezers
- Northern Ireland Environment Agency(NIEA) guidance on household waste
How to dispose of hazardous waste
Hazardous waste should not normally be disposed of in the mixed municipal waste collection (such as household and garden waste). In some cases, your local council may be able to collect the waste from you. There may be a charge for this. Alternatively, you may be able to deliver it to a household recycling or civic amenity site free-of-charge. Your local council will be able to advise you on where to take all types of hazardous waste in your area.
From February 2010 all shops that sell large amounts of household batteries must provide a collection bin for used batteries. You may also be able to put old batteries in your regular household recycling bins, or take them to a waste and recycling centre.
Car batteries should also be taken to a waste and recycling centre. Some shops that sell car batteries also accept old batteries for recycling. Check when you buy a new car battery to see if the shop will recycle your old battery for you.
Asbestos can become dangerous if it's broken. You should contact your local council for special advice on how to deal with asbestos. More information on dealing with asbestos can be found in the disposing of asbestos article in the Property and Housing section.
- NIEA website - Find a registered hazardous waste carrier/collection service
- Disposal of bulky items (property and housing section)
- Disposing of asbestos (property and housing section)
Illegal dumping of hazardous waste
If you spot hazardous waste being dumped illegally, you should contact your local authority or the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Find out how to do this in 'Reporting polluted land and water'.