Hazardous waste

This is waste that contains substances or properties that might make it harmful to human health or the environment. For that reason it must be disposed of separately to non-hazardous waste.

How to dispose of hazardous waste

Asbestos and chemicals

The City of London's hazardous waste collection service will collect a small amount of asbestos cement or chemicals from your home, provided they are packaged ready for collection. Residents are entitled to one free asbestos collection amounting to 15m2 of individually wrapped pieces or seven builders rubble bags and three chemical waste collections per year.

You can find further information by visiting the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association website (ARCA).

Other hazardous waste

The following hazardous items can be safely disposed of at the reuse and recycling centre:

  • car batteries and household batteries
  • computers and related equipment
  • engine oil and central heating oil
  • mobile phones
  • pesticides
  • fireworks
  • TVs

Gas cylinders for heaters can usually be recycled by returning them to the shop where you bought them.

Small electrical items (including mobile phones) can be disposed of at one of our WEEE banks around the borough.

Page last updated: 27 October 2017