hazardous-wasteCertain household products may pose a risk to human health or the environment if not disposed of correctly. Find out if your council offers a service to help you get rid of hazardous waste like asbestos, chemicals and batteries.

What you must do
Waste containing more than 0.1 per cent asbestos is classed as hazardous/special waste and must be dealt with accordingly.

Any waste that contains or is contaminated with asbestos, must be double-bagged and placed in a covered, locked skip. This includes personal protective equipment (PPE) overalls, over-shoes, sampling wastes and respiratory protection equipment that may have been contaminated.

If you send equipment away to be cleaned, or to be reused or disposed of, it must be packed in a suitable container and properly labelled.

If you have large asbestos sheets you should not break them up. Instead, wrap them in polythene sheeting and label them. Do not mix  with other hazardous materials.

You must clearly label raw asbestos and waste with the appropriate warning label. The label must be either firmly stuck to or directly printed onto the item or its packaging.

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