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Hazardous and clinical waste collection

Information on the disposal of hazardous waste

What is hazardous waste?

Waste is hazardous when it contains substances that might make it harmful to human health or cause harm to the environment.  Some everyday items such as computer monitors, televisions and fluorescent tubes are now considered hazardous, along with substances such as asbestos, industrial chemicals and clinical waste.  The term 'hazardous does not always mean that such waste is toxic.

By improving the way in which we manage hazardous waste we reduce the risk it may pose now and in the future.

Hazardous waste collections (for domestic householders only)

To ensure the safe disposal of household hazardous chemicals, North Yorkshire County Council operates a monthly 'Haz-Chem' collection on behalf of the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership.

The chemicals are collected free of charge from residents of North Yorkshire, usually in the first full week of each month.

Examples of hazardous household products include:

Household Products -

  • White Spirit
  • Paint Brush Cleaners
  • Stain Removers
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Glues
  • Photographic Chemicals

Garden Products -

  • Pesticides
  • Insecticides
  • Lawn Treatments
  • Fungicides
  • Weed Killers
  • Wood Preservatives

Car Maintenance Products -

  • Antifreeze
  • Brake Fluid
  • Lubricants

How to arrange collection

To arrange for a free collection and disposal of hazardous chemicals, householders need to contact the North Yorkshire County Council Waste Management Section on 01609 532512.

The following information will be required before a collection can be arranged:

  • List of materials/chemicals to be collected
  • Volume/quantity
  • How is it contained
  • Full contact details of premises from which the waste is to be collected from

Hazardous Commercial Waste 

The Council do not provide a collection service of hazardous waste from commercial premises.  Companies that require these collections should engage the services of a specialist waste management contractor.  Information on service providers can be found in the commercial section of the telephone directory or Yellow Pages listings under 'Waste Disposal Services'.  For more information about legislation surrounding hazardous waste, please download the pdf icon Business Waste Handbook [4Mb] .

Clinical Waste from domestic premises

We can arrange the collection and disposal of clinical waste bags from domestic premises. If you require this service, contact waste management on 01756 700600 or email

Incontinence pads may be disposed of in your normal green wheeled bin.  If this causes a problem of capacity because of the alternate weekly collection arrangements, please contact Waste Management for advice on 01756 700600 or email


All syringes must be safely disposed of.  If you use syringes for the treatment of a medical condition, your GP should prescribe you with a Sharps container for hygienic disposal of used equipment. This container should then be returned to your medical practice for safe collection and disposal.

If you see a syringe on the street or footpath, do not under any circumstances attempt to pick it up and dispose of it yourself. Please contact Waste Management Services on 01756 700600 as soon as possible and we will arrange for it to be collected by one of our operatives.

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