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. The service is also provided so as to avoid residents carrying these types of hazardous waste items in their vehicles. 

  • 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.
  • Please see below for information on property collection limits and prepartion advice for cement bound asbestos and chemicals.
  • Please also note in the asbestos section below- the types of DIY asbestos removal works to completely avoid doing, along with contact details for professional services should you have any concerns regarding any works.
 


 




 

 

Household asbestos- Important information including preparation details 
Please read this information before requesting a collection via the form below this text.
  • Please note- Do not attempt to remove materials such as loose fibre asbestos, lagging, spray coatings, areas of insulation board or boilers containing asbestos as these materials can only be safely removed by a licensed contractor.
  • Click here for common areas where asbestos may be found around the home
  • If you are carrying out any removal work yourself for cement bound asbestos - such as corrugated panels -  we would strongly recommend that you read this guidance sheet. 
  • Any removal work that you choose to do is at your own risk.
  • If you have any doubts about the removal of asbestos, see below for details about licensed contractors and where to seek professional advice.

If you do have cement bound asbestos for collection- 
  • The maximum weight of cement bound asbestos allowed for collection is 360kg (lifetime property limit). This is approximately equivalent to a single garage roof or 12 sheets at 6ft x 3ft. 
  • Residents with quantities in excess of these limits should seek quotes from private contractors (see below).
  • Our service is for collection only and doesn't include wrapping.
  • Ensure that your bagged and wrapped asbestos are not too heavy for one person to lift (approx 25kg parcels) and that they are labelled as asbestos. It is important that the parcels are not too heavy as there will only be one person coming to do your collection and they also unload on their own at the disposal site. Please note- It won't be possible to do your collection if the parcels are too heavy.
  • Asbestos sheets must be double wrapped in thick plastic sheeting, taped at the ends and labelled as asbestos. It is very important that your asbestos is properly wrapped in case it breaks whilst in transit.
  • Damp proof membrane (DPM) is the recommended plastic sheeting, which can be purchased from builders merchants.
  • 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, masks (FFP3 type), goggles, shoe covers and gloves used should also be bagged and presented for collection. Only remove face mask and goggles after removing and bagging up overalls and shoe covers.
  • Preparation for collection- 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 the lifetime property limit of 360kg as mentioned above).
  • It is important that your asbestos is 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 and safe collection point.

Contacts- If you have any doubts about dismantling, removing or the preparation of any 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: To use our hazardous household waste collection service, you need to fill out this form. If you need help filling in your details,  call 0345 600 6400 and one of our contact centre staff members will complete the form on your behalf. 
 
Household chemicals- things to consider and preparation 
Please read this information before requesting a collection via the form below this text.
  • Before applying for a collection, please consider the environment and the Northumberland County Council (NCC) budget. NCC are charged a fee for every visit that our contractor makes and also a collection cost (per item collected). For this reason, we would ask that you try to ensure 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 whether  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.
  • Consider before 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-
  • The maximum weight of chemicals for collection is 90kg (lifetime property limit).
  • Residents with quantities in excess of these limits should seek quotes from private contractors.
  • For each item we need you to 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 containers - 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 whether your items are all considered hazardous.  If not, then you may be able to dispose of them via your  kerbside rubbish bin. 
  • 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 and safe collection point.
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. 

2019- 2020 monthly collection dates for hazardous household waste

Collection date  Submit by 4pm on:
Tue 1 and Wed 2 Oct 2019 Mon 23 Sep 2019
Tue 5 and Wed 6 Nov 2019 Mon 28 Oct 2019
Tue 3 and Wed 4 Dec 2019 Mon 25 Nov 2019 
Tue 7 and Wed 8 Jan 2020 Mon 30 Dec 2020
Tue 4 and Wed 5 Feb 2020 Mon 27 Jan 2020
Tue 3 and Wed 4 Mar 2020 Mon 24 Feb 2020
Tue 7 and Wed 8 Apr 2020 Mon 30 Mar 2020
Tue 5 and Wed 6 May 2020 Mon 27 Apr 2020
Tue 2 and Wed 3 Jun 2020 Tue 26 May 2020
Tue 7 and Wed 8 Jul 2020 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Tue 4 and Wed 5 Aug 2020 Mon 27 Jul 2020
Tue 1 and Wed 2 Sep 2020 Mon 24 Aug 2020
Tue 6 and Wed 7 Oct 2020 Mon 28 Sep 2020
Tue 3 and Wed 4 Nov 2020 Mon 26 Oct 2020
Tue1 and Wed 2 Dec 2020 Mon 23 Nov 2020