Hazardous Household Waste
The purpose of the Special Waste Regulations 1996 is to control the movements of the most dangerous wastes. They also implement the EC Hazardous Waste Directive, which introduced a new definition of Special Waste. These are essentially the same properties, which qualify a chemical as "dangerous" under the Packaging Regulations. It is therefore vitally important that materials should be kept in the original packaging, if possible, and all information on packaging read, and transferred to any new container.
For the above purposes, household waste does not include:
AsbestosUnfortunately North Norfolk District Council does not have the necessary licence to dispose of asbestos waste and asbestos cannot be disposed of at any of the Norfolk County Council Household Waste Recycling Centres due to license restrictions. However householders can dispose of it in the following ways:
1. Use a licensed collection contractor, these can be found in the Yellow Pages under Waste Disposal. You must inform them that you wish to dispose of special waste. The charge they make will reflect the cost of disposal of hazardous waste and cover the necessary documentation.
2. Take it to a licensed site for disposal. A list of sites can be found on the Norfolk County Council website
The Environment Agency has supplied the following list of companies they believe can provide a skip disposal service for asbestos cement products:
- Asbestrip: (01508) 532100
- East Coast Insulation: (01493) 745111
- QuickStrip: (01953) 604399
Detailed information on how to identify and handle asbestos safely can be found on the Health and Safety Executives website: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg223.pdf. Whilst this information is aimed at small business premises the general advice on asbestos is useful for householders.
Asbestoclear can provide health and safety packs for the clearance of cement bonded asbestos as well as collection, for more details please visit their website at: http://www.asbestoclear.co.uk/.
The Environment Agency can be contacted on 08708 506506 or visit their website at: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/.
Advice to Householders
- Keep asbestos waste separate from other waste and use a licensed contractor to dispose of the waste.
- To dispose of small quantities of asbestos waste, dampen it to stop dust escaping, and then seal it in a strong plastic bag.
- Large asbestos-cement sheets should not be broken up and need not be sealed in bags. Don't cause asbestos dust.
- Don't breathe asbestos dust. Asbestos materials used in buildings are not necessarily harmful, but breathing asbestos dust is dangerous. A few simple precautions will help reduce the risk. Check that the materials are in good condition and not worn or damaged. Look for any sign of dust released by the materials. Do not disturb asbestos materials unless you have to. Asbestos materials in good condition may be left in place. You can paint them to prevent any dust from escaping. Use emulsion paint for insulation board. But use an alkaline-resistant primer or coating for asbestos-cement. DO NOT RUB DOWN ASBESTOS MATERIAL BEFORE PAINTING.
Gas CylindersGas Cylinders belong to the company branded on the gas cylinder and they have a legal duty to ensure their safe disposal. The companies operate a cylinder retrieval scheme and can be contacted on the following telephone numbers.
- BOC 0800 111333
- Calor 01926 318616
- CPS Gas 01508 530520
- LP Gas Association 01425 461612
- Shell Gas 0845 0500056
- Wastecare (GB) Ltd 01438 759850
Try To Use Hazardous Household Waste Before DisposalBefore disposing of the Hazardous Household Waste you should decide if it can not be used up, recycled or disposed of in another way as the service is expensive, and time consuming. Could paint be used on the inside of your garage door, or pesticides diluted down to make them ineffective and put on an obsolete part of your garden? Some waste may also be able to be flushed down a drain, but you should read all instructions on the container before doing this.
- Non Liquid Hazardous Household waste can generally be put in the wheeled bin for disposal as can dried paint in tins.
- Anything that is not household waste must be dealt with privately
- Paint can be taken to the following recycling centres Hempton (this is the only one within North Norfolk), Mayton Wood (Broadland District) or Caister.
- County Council hold amnesty days for hazardous waste at recycling centres
- For further advice please call Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or visit their website
Hazardous Waste Amnesty Dates
Norfolk County Council occasionally hold Hazardous Waste Amnesty days. For further information please check their website www.norfolk.gov.uk or call Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8004.
Telephone Advice for HouseholdersEnvironment Agency 01603 662800
Norfolk County Council 0344 800 8004
North Norfolk District Council 01263 516189
For a list of companies they believe can provide skip hire for disposal of asbestos.
For information on identifying and handling asbestos.
For details of NCC disposal and reimbursements.
To search for waste disposal companies and skip hire in Norfolk.