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. 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

The Environment Agency provides technical guidance on the definition and classification of hazardous waste.

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.


MK council cannot collect asbestos via the weekly bin collections or bulky waste collections, due to licensing conditions.

MK residents may take asbestos themselves to the New Bradwell Household Waste Recycling Centre but new legislation states it must be completely wrapped in plastic for the safety of members of the public and our staff on site.

Alternatively, view the Asbestos Removals Contractors Association (ARCA) website which gives lots of advice and information for householders on the removal of hazardous waste as well as listing contractors who are UKAS accredited. 

Needls and Syringes

For information of how to safely dispose needles and syringes



Last Updated: 9 February 2021