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Domestic Hazardous Waste Disposal in London

Household waste is commonly thought to be non-hazardous, which is why people simply dispose of paint cans, gas canisters and other such items the same way that they would dispose of coffee grounds. The city of London however has classified some items as domestic hazardous waste and has outlined certain procedures that must be taken when it comes to hazardous waste disposal.

Emulsion Paint

When painting any structure, chances are you’ll be left with leftover paint with no idea of how to dispose of it. Since paint is in liquid form, disposal becomes difficult. Paint needs to be dealt with appropriately when it comes to hazardous waste disposal according to the regulations of the city of London. The best way to dispose of paint is to let it rest for some time with a generous amount of sand. The purpose of the sand is to make sure that the paint is absorbed and is no longer in liquid form. Once dried up, it can simply be collected in a bag and thrown into a bin. The can itself will be recycled as well.

Used Engine Oil & Batteries

Used engine oil and vehicle or domestic batteries are also classified as domestic hazardous waste and must be disposed of accordingly as per London regulations. They must be dealt with in a similar fashion to emulsion paint. Hazardous waste disposal of these items may also be done at specialized disposal facilities such Collect & Recycle. Make sure that none of them are in liquid form at the time of collection.


This is perhaps the biggest threat when it comes to hazardous waste disposal. Asbestos was extensively used in London’s architecture and cement based products in the 1950s. The use of asbestos was however banned when it was revealed that its use can be dangerous and even fatal when exposed to certain circumstances. The city of London has a specialized collection service when it comes to asbestos. Residents are allowed one collection per year and must wrap the asbestos themselves.

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