Hazardous waste

What is hazardous waste?

Waste is classified as 'hazardous' under environmental legislation when it contains substances or has properties that might make it harmful to human health or the environment. The Environment Agency provides technical guidance on the definition and classification of hazardous waste.

Examples of hazardous waste include:

  • asbestos 
  • chemicals, such as brake fluid or print toner
  • solvents
  • pesticides
  • oils (except edible ones), e.g. car oil
  • equipment containing ozone depleting substances, e.g. fridges

MK council cannot collect hazardous waste via the weekly bin collections or bulky waste collections, although some items can be taken to our Household Community Recycling Centres.

For the disposal of all other hazardous items please seek advice from a commercial service provider.