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Waste is classified as hazardous when it has properties that might make it harmful to human health or the environment.
You should take hazardous waste to one of Bristol's Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC's), where there are dedicated facilities for its safe disposal.
Hazardous waste includes:
If you have any other questions about hazardous waste, please call us on 0117 922 2100.
Traders or businesses should note that the Council's Transfer Stations cannot accept asbestos waste. Businesses will need to arrange for disposal at a site licensed to take asbestos. Please review our commercial waste pages for further information.
Asbestos is potentially dangerous and should be taken to either of our Household Waste Recycling Centres for disposal. Please read the following advice on the removal and transportation of asbestos:
- Always try to remove the asbestos in whole sheets.
- Double wrap each sheet in polythene before transporting to either of Bristols Household Waste Recycling Centres.
- If you have any pieces of asbestos, please double bag them before transporting them to either of Bristol's Household Waste Recycling Centres.
- Before setting off to one of our recycling centres please phone 0117 922 2100 to check there is sufficient space left in our skip to take the amount you are bringing in.
- If you turn up at one of our recycling centres with unwrapped asbestos you will be refused entry. If there is insufficient room for the asbestos you bring in you will be turned away. This is necessary for the safety of the staff working at the site, other members of the public and yourself.
- If you are employing a builder to do the work, make sure they include in their quote the cost of providing a skip from a waste contractor licensed to take asbestos products for disposal. Do not dispose of the waste for them, as it is their responsibility in law to take care of the waste if they have created it themselves. This also applies to general building waste.
- If in doubt, employ a specialist asbestos contractor to do the work for you.
- We do not provide a collection service for asbestos.
- HSE guidance on asbestos can be found at the HSE website.
Flourescent tubes and low energy lightbulbs contain mercury, a hazardous element which must be disposed of properly.
We are able to recycle some parts of the tubes and bulbs we receive once the mercury has been removed. We currently use a company called Recolight to help us dispose of fluorescent tubes and lightbulbs safely. For more information, visit the Recolight website
Not all paints are classified as hazardous, but they can all create a mess if disposed of irresponsibly. As it is not always easy to identify which ones contain the nasty hydrocarbons and solvents, it is best to bring them to our Household Waste Recycling Centres so we can safely dispose of them all.
Bristol's Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC's),
Waste Services - Customer Services Centre Freepost BS4341, PO Box 595 Bristol, BS99 2BR Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 6pm.
Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 6pm.
- Email: email@example.com
- Work: 0117 922 2100