Hazardous waste

Waste is hazardous if it can cause harm to humans or the environment and includes any waste that needs specialist disposal.

We don’t normally take these items at our recycling centres, however we hold annual free household hazardous waste days (amnesties) when we do accept certain hazardous waste items.

These are for residents disposing of household hazardous waste only and not for any business, group or other organisation.

The next Household Hazardous Waste Days will be held in Autumn 2023. The dates and locations are as follows. They will be held in normal Recycling Centre opening times of 9am - 4pm.

  • Norwich South - 9/10 September
  • Thetford - 16/17 September
  • King’s Lynn - 23/24 September
  • Caister - 30 September/1 October
  • Dereham - 7/8 October
  • Hempton -14/15 October
  • Norwich North - 21/22 October

In the meantime your local District, Borough or City council may offer a hazardous waste collection, but they might charge you for this service. You can also find specialist hazardous waste disposal contractors in your local telephone directory or online. Remember to ask to see a Waste Carriers Licence and find out where the waste will be disposed of.

Asbestos removal and disposal

Get advice for removing and disposing of asbestos

Paint disposal

Get advice for disposing of liquid paint and paint cans

Hazardous waste items we do not accept

Check whether your waste is hazardous