Hazardous household waste

Here we provide information about the disposal and collection of your hazardous household waste.

The type and quantity of hazardous waste determines how it can be recycled or disposed of.

Below are three ways Northumberland residents can dispose of hazardous waste, depending on what type of waste you have.
Our centres accept and recycle certain types of hazardous waste, including: 
  • used engine oil  
  • car batteries  
  • household batteries  
  • gas cylinders  
  • fridges  
  • freezers  
  • fluorescent tubes  
  • televisions  
  • computer monitors  
You can find more information about our household recovery centres here.
If you have unwanted household medicines and pharmaceutical products, you can return them to the chemist for safe disposal. 

We offer a free collection service for those items of hazardous household waste that our Household Waste Recovery Centres won’t accept such as asbestos, some garden pesticides and flammable solvents. There is a limit of how much of these materials we will collect from any one property and once these limits are reached there will be no further free collections from this property.

  • The maximum weight of asbestos allowed for collection is 360kg. This is approximately equivalent to a single garage roof or 12 sheets at 6ft x 3ft. 
  • The maximum weight of chemicals for collection is 90kg.
  • Residents with quantities in excess of these limits should seek quotes from private contractors.
  • Please read our hazardous waste booklet for more details.

You must ensure that your hazardous materials are prepared properly for collection. It is important that they are ready for collection on the agreed date as the council pay for the contractor to visit your property even if there is nothing collected. However, we would ask that you do not put the materials out for collection until our contractor has phoned you and you have an agreed collection date.

To use our hazardous household waste collection service, you need to fill out this form. If you need help filling in your details, please call 0345 600 6400 and one of our contact centre staff members will complete the form on your behalf. 

  • Please see below for prepartion advice and contact details for professional services should you have any concerns.

Please note, this collection service is for householders only and not for any waste generated by a business. Businesses must make their own arrangements for a hazardous waste collection. Some suggested contractors are detailed on page 7 of the booklet above or The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

Household chemicals- things to consider and preparation 
  • Before applying for a collection, please consider the environment and the Northumberland County Council budget. NCC are charged a fee for every visit that our contractor makes and also a collection cost (per item collected). For this reason, please try to make sure that you have all items that you currently need collecting, ready at the same time, as it is expensive to go back to the same householder to make regular collections.
  • Please also consider if you or a neighbour can safely use up what you have, according to the manufacturers guidelines on the label and as long as the item is not a withdrawn chemical.
  • Please check the Royal Horticultural Society website and search on withdrawn garden chemicals.
  • Please consider what you buy- Before buying garden and household chemicals consider if there are more environmentally / wildlife friendly alternatives that you could use instead.
Preparation instructions for household chemicals-
  • For each item please provide the product name, manufacturer, container size and approx quantity left in each container and state if the container is leak proof.
  • leak-proof containers - store all of the chemicals in a box for efficient collection
  • non leak-proof container - double bag and store separately from the other chemicals
  • If possible, please e-mail a photo of the labels of the chemicals to assist with the research into the items you have listed.
  • We may be able to advise you of those items which are not considered hazardous and could therefore be disposed of via your kerbside rubbish bin. 
  • Our service is for collection only.
  • If you are carrying out any removal work for cement bound asbestos yourself we would strongly recommend that you read the removal advice in our guide booklet 
  • Any removal work that you choose to do is at your own risk.
  • Additional information can also be found in this information sheet.
  • Please note- Do not attempt to remove materials such as asbestos lagging, spray coatings or areas of insulation board by yourself as these materials can only be safely removed by a licensed contractor.
  • Please click here for common areas where abestsos may be found around the home
  • If you have any doubts about the removal of asbestos, please see below for details about licensed contractors and where to seek professional advice.
If you do have cement bound asbestos for collection- 
  • Preparation- When possible and safe to do so please try to arrange a collection for all the asbestos that you have in one go (up to the max of 360kg as mentioned above in Use our hazardous household waste collection service), as the council pays a visit fee for each visit trip to a property made, plus a collection cost per item.
  • Asbestos sheets must be double wrapped in thick plastic sheeting and taped.
  • Damp proof membrane (DPM) is the recommended plastic sheeting.
  • Do not break asbestos sheets or any other materials containing asbestos into pieces.
  • If there happens to be any small or broken pieces carefully place these into heavy duty bags, double-bag and seal, e.g. fertiliser bags.
  • Protective overalls and masks used should also be bagged and presented for collection.   
  • Please make sure all bagged and wrapped asbestos are not too heavy for one person to lift (approx 25kg) and labelled as asbestos. 

Contacts- If you have any doubts about dismantling, removing or the preparation of asbestos, or if you would like to arrange for testing to be done, you can get professional advice from either: 

You may also wish to seek advice from the following: Apply for our hazardous waste collection service

2018 monthly collection dates for hazardous household waste

Collection date Date to be submitted (by 4pm)
Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 February Monday 29 January 2018
Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 March  Monday 26 February 2018
Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 April Monday 26 March 2018
Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 May Monday 23 April 2018
Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 June Monday 28 May 2018
Tuesday 3 Wednesday 4 July Monday 25 June 2018
Tuesday 7 Wednesday 8 August Monday 30 July 2018
Tuesday 4 Wednesday 5 September Mon 27 August 2018
Tuesday 2 Wednesday 3 October Mon 24 September 2018
Tuesday 6 Wednesday 7 November Mon 29 October 2018
Tuesday 4 Wednesday 5 December Mon 26 November 2018