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Hazardous waste collections

Free waste

Water based paint if it has been dried out (You can use soil, cat litter or sand to dry the paint out) can be disposed of if double bagged and placed into the refuse bin

or taken to a Household Waste and Recycling Centre

Some types of hazardous waste are accepted free of charge at Household Waste Recycling Centres in Suffolk:

  • Car batteries

  • Engine oil and cooking oil

  • Fire extinguishers (but not BCF or Halon types)

  • Fluorescent tubes and energy-efficient light bulbs

  • Gas cylinders (Calor and Flo gas). Other makes should be returned to the manufacturer

  • Household batteries

  • Refrigerators and freezers

  • Televisions and computer monitors

Chargeable waste

We can collect other types of hazardous waste from £46.86 per collection:

  • DIY products, such as varnishes, paint or paint stripper

  • Flammable liquids, such as white spirit, paraffin or wood stainer

  • Garden chemicals or pesticides, such as weed killers or insect killers

  • Household cleaning products and chemicals, such as toilet cleaners, drain cleaners or bleach

  • Motoring products, such or antifreeze, brake/clutch fluid, petrol or diesel

  • Poisons, such as rat or mouse poisons

This service is only available to households and is limited to 70 Containers.

All items must be boxed before collection and collections may not be made if they are not boxed. Boxes are easily available from most supermarkets.

Bonded Asbestos

We can collect up to 50kgs of bonded asbestos for £78.01

Please ensure that you have the complete dimensions and weight of the asbestos before you call as it will be required to book the collection.

This asbestos should be from a domestic source. It should also have been removed by a householder rather than a contractor.

The asbestos must be securely wrapped or bagged (using heavy duty 1,000 gauge polythene) which can be obtained from most builders merchants and DIY stores.

To avoid manual handling problems, sheets should be wrapped as single sheets and not together. The wrapped sheets must be sealed with tape. Sheets should not be broken, but in the event small broken pieces should be placed in a heavy duty polythene bag.

The packaged asbestos must be of a weight that can be easily lifted by one person and packages must be labelled "WARNING - CONTAINS ASBESTOS - DO NOT INHALE DUST".

For the collection of large quantities of bonded asbestos sheets or pieces (or dismantled bonded asbestos sheds, garages and outhouses), please follow this link for a list of licenced contractors  Asbestos Contractors

We are NOT able to collect the following:

  • Clinical waste

  • Construction and demolition waste

  • Explosives

  • Fibrous asbestos

  • Flammable film stock (cellulose acetate)

  • Fluorescent tubes

  • Fireworks or yacht flares

  • Helium gas cylinders

  • Radioactive waste

  • Returnable gas cylinders

  • Water or dry powder fire extinguishers

Book a Hazardous Waste Collection

Due to the nature of the waste being collected the contractor needs a detailed list of the items being collected.

This service is only available to households and is limited to 70 Containers.

All items must be boxed before collection and collections may not be made if they are not boxed. Boxes are easily available from most supermarkets.

If the form is not completed correctly this will delay the collection and the contractor may charge extra for inaccurate completion.

To book the collection you will need to complete the form below and either email  it to us or post it to Waste Services, Creeting Road Depot, Creeting Road West, Stowmarket, IP14 5AT

Hazardous Waste form (Word format)

Hazardous Waste form (Pdf format)

Please see below for guidance on completing the form

Hazardous waste Guidance

If you cannot access the form please call us on 0300 1234 000 Option 4 and we will post/email one for you.

Once we receive the form we will process it and call you back to take payment via our automated telephone payment system or alternatively you can send a cheque to the above address (Payable to Mid Suffolk District Council or Babergh District Council)

Once you have made payment, you will be contacted by our contractor to advise you of the collection date. Collection will be made within 6-8 weeks (Not including weekends or Public/Bank Holidays).

The contractor will call you prior to the collection and it is essential that if they contact you, you must respond else they will not schedule a collection of they cannot be sure if the items will be out.