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Hazardous waste

Dried out, water-based paint can be placed in your refuse (black) bin or taken to one of Suffolk's recycling centres.

If the tin still contains some paint, please add sand, soil or cat litter, and double bag it before placing in your refuse bin. This is not necessary for solvent-based paints.

Recycling centres in Suffolk also accept some other types of hazardous waste, free of charge. Examples include:

  • DIY products (for example, paint stripper)
  • garden chemicals (for example, weed killers)
  • household cleaning products (for example, bleach)

Read further information about recycling hazardous waste in Suffolk

If you have medical or clinical waste to be collected (including used dressings and needles) please visit our Medical and clinical waste webpage


Our household collection types

We offer two types of household collections:

  • one for hazardous waste
  • one for bonded asbestos


Household hazardous waste collections

The charge for our household collection service - for up to 70 containers of hazardous waste - starts at £48.16 per collection. 

We accept:

  • DIY products (for example, paint stripper)
  • flammable liquids (for example, white spirit or paraffin)
  • garden chemicals (for example, pesticides or weed killers)
  • household cleaning products
  • motoring products (for example, antifreeze, petrol or diesel)
  • poisons
  • solvent-based paints

We do not accept:

  • waste from businesses
  • clinical waste
  • construction and demolition waste
  • explosives
  • fibrous asbestos
  • flammable film stock (cellulose acetate)
  • fluorescent tubes
  • fireworks or yacht flares
  • helium or returnable gas cylinders
  • radioactive waste
  • water or dry powder fire extinguishers
Book a hazardous waste collection

Please note: For us to carry out your collection, each separate item to be collected needs to be listed on your booking request form. Items must be boxed ahead of collection.

Once we receive payment, our contractor will be in contact to arrange a collection date.


Household bonded asbestos collections

The charge for our household bonded asbestos collection service - for up to 50kg of bonded asbestos - is £80.17 per collection.

Before booking, please make sure that:

  • the asbestos is from a domestic source
  • you have the dimensions and weight of the asbestos
  • the asbestos can be easily lifted by one person
  • the sheets are unbroken

The sheets to be collected must be:

  • wrapped individually, with heavy duty (1000 gauge) polythene
  • sealed with tape
Book a bonded asbestos collection

Once we receive payment, our contractor will be in contact to arrange a collection date.

Please note: If you have large quantities of bonded asbestos for collection (including sheds and garages), you will need to contact a licensed asbestos contractor. For large quantities of bonded asbestos, including sheds, garages and outhouses,

Find a local licensed asbestos contractor


Non-domestic hazardous waste collections

Businesses, schools, farms and other non-domestic organisations can request a hazardous waste collection from Suffolk County Council

Before booking a collection, it is recommended that you read the non-domestic hazardous waste collection guidance (from Suffolk Recycles).