Hazardous Household Waste
Household hazardous waste must not be put in your normal waste collection.
Household hazardous waste can take many forms and there may already be a process for collection and recycling or for safe disposal - please note there is usually a charge for the collection of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).
Examples of commonly generated HHW include:
- Fluorescent light tubes and energy saving light bulbs - these can be taken to either Household Waste Recycling Centre in Southend-on-Sea for safe recycling.
- Old style televisions and computer monitors - These have cathode ray tubes containing hazardous chemicals. These can be taken to either Household Waste Recycling Centres in Southend-on-Sea for safe recycling as waste electrical and electronic equipment.
- Fridges and freezers - Many contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's) maybe with hydrogen (HCFC's) propellant, which have a significant impact on the environment. All items generated at home can be taken to either Household Waste Recycling Centre in Southend-on-Sea for safe recycling.
- Batteries - Some contain harmful heavy metals like lead, cadmium and mercury. Both car (lead acid) batteries and household batteries can be taken to either Household Waste Recycling Centre in Southend-on-Sea for safe recycling. Batteries can also be recycled at local libraries and at retailers displaying the 'Be Positive' sign.
- Garden chemicals and pesticides – It is best to only buy what you need and to use what you buy. We can arrange disposal but a collection fee applies. Alternatively there are private companies locally that will offer a chargeable collection and disposal service. If you would like more information please contact us. Please note that the use of creosote by amateurs was banned in 2003. Creosote can only be used by professionals and for wood treatment in industrial installations in certain circumstances. For further information please see the information sheet in the Related items section on the right-hand-side of this page.
- Car Engine oil (mineral oils) - These have the potential to pollute the environment. Car engine (mineral) oil can be recycled at either Household Waste Recycling Centres in Southend-on-Sea.
- Cooking oils - (e.g. olive, vegetable and sunflower oils) these can be taken in a sealed container to either Household Waste Recycling Centres in Southend-on-Sea for recycling. Alternatively cooking oils can be poured into the soil where they will naturally biodegrade (cooking oils only, NOT engine oil).
- Solvents/Paints - Where possible please use these up. Some materials will naturally evaporate once opened. Allow materials to dry or harden for safe disposal. If this is not possible then these can be taken to Stock Road Household Waste Recycling Centre only.
- Asbestos – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council does not offer a service for asbestos or materials containing asbestos. Please seek advice from local specialist companies who will collect and dispose of asbestos.
- Please do not put hazardous waste in your normal waste collection.
Page last updated: 02/10/2015