Hazardous Waste and Emergencies

Other Hazardous Substances

Service Update:

Please use the online forms to book waste services available from the ‘Do It Online’ tab above.

Alternatively, if you have a waste query please complete the ‘Send a Message’ form available from the Contact tab above.

Most household hazardous wastes such as paints, oils, household chemicals etc. can be taken to Lynnbottom HWRC.

More unusual hazardous materials such as explosives, radioactive material or materials that are otherwise unstable and would present a risk to staff or the public will require specialist collection and disposal.  Contact the supplier of the material for disposal advice.  If this is not possible contact Waste Services by clicking on the 'Contact' tab above where you can send us an email by clicking on the 'Send a message to this service' tab or call on the telephone number provided and we will help you find a disposal specialist.

Gas bottles

Never place a gas bottle in with your general waste or in a skip, as they will explode in the landfill site and potentially cause serious injury.  Return your empty gas bottles to the retailer or your original supplier, rather than the Household Waste Recycling Centres.  They will then be collected by either Calor Gas or Flo Gas (British Gas), and refilled for re-use.  Camping gas bottles cannot be recycled; however they must not be placed in your general waste bin or a skip.  Return your empty bottles to the retailer or your original supplier if they offer a take back scheme.  If no other options are available, take your empty gas bottles to one of the household waste recycling centres as Hazardous Waste must be disposed of carefully.  If you are still unsure, please get in touch by using the ‘Contact’ tab above where you can send us an email by clicking on the 'Send a message to this service' tab or call on the telephone number provided.

Oil (not cooking oil)

Pouring oil down the drain is not only illegal but also harmful to humans and the environment.  A lot of surface water drains lead to the nearest stream and oil may cause pollution, affect aquatic life and contaminate water supplies.  It is also harmful to put oil in soil or sewers.  If you have large amounts of oil it is best to contact a specialist organisation to advise on disposal methods.  Mineral oil/engine oil can be disposed of at the household waste recycling centres.  If you are still unsure, please get in touch by using the ‘Contact’ tab above where you can send us an email by clicking on the 'Send a message to this service' tab or call on the telephone number provided.

Engine oil and filters

It is illegal to pour engine oil down the drain or burn it. Both engine oil and filters can be disposed of at the Lynnbottom household waste recycling centre where there is a designated area for the engine oil and filters.  Please do not dispose of it any other way.  To learn more about Lynnbottom household waste recycling centre please click here.

Paints / varnishes etc

Paints, varnishes and wood stains can contain hazardous chemicals or solvents including heavy metals.  Do not pour paint down a drain as it will cause serious environmental damage, or dispose of it in your domestic waste as it may explode under the pressure of other materials in the bin.  Local community groups, playgroups or charities will often welcome donations of useable paints.  Many DIY superstores will take back unwanted paint, call them to check.  If you have many pots they can be classed as hazardous waste.  If you have a full pot of paint then you could donate it to charity.  Please take unwanted paint pots to one of the household waste recycling centres.  Please inform a member of staff at the site that you are disposing paint.

Car batteries

Car batteries should be taken to one of the household waste recycling centres, please click here for more information.  They can also be recycled at car dismantlers and scrapyards.

Domestic batteries

Such as AA, AAA, watch batteries, etc can be placed with your general household rubbish however,  retailers who sell batteries are required to take them back for recycling; household waste recycling centres also accept these batteries for recycling.  To minimise the use of batteries, use the mains power wherever possible and invest in rechargeable batteries.

Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent tubes (CFLs)

Never place a fluorescent tube in with household waste as they are regarded as hazardous waste and therefore must be disposed of at a household waste recycling centre.  To locate your nearest waste recycling centre, please click here

If you need your fluorescent tubes collected (non-commercial only) contact the Waste Service using the contact tab abouve. A charge will be made for collection.  Some local supermarkets and electrical retailers also accept used bulbs for recycling - why not find out when you next do your shopping?

Light bulbs (incandesdent or standard not energy efficient bulbs/Flu. tubes & CFLs)

Light bulbs are not currently recycled as the filaments can contaminate the recycling process.  Blown or broken light bulbs should be placed in your waste (black bag) collection. For safety reasons wrap the bulb / broken glass in newspaper to protect the collection crew from injury by broken glass.

Try to buy energy efficient light bulbs, especially for places where you leave the lights on for long periods.  These will last much longer than a standard light bulb and use much less energy, saving you money in the long run.

Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent tubes (energy saving lightbulbs) cannot be placed with your household waste.  See fluorescent tubes above, for more information.