What is hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste includes substances such as:

  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals
  • Petrol
  • Pesticides

Hazardous waste must not be placed in your household waste bins.

The following are not hazardous waste:

  • Dog waste
  • Incontinence pads
  • Nappies
  • Sanitary towels

You may place these in your black bin, double bagged, to reduce spillage.

Arranging a collection

Book a collection

The Corporation of London provide a collection service on our behalf.

They will collect wrapped asbestos and hazardous chemicals, such as:

  • Pesticides
  • Petrol
  • Paraffin
  • Diesel
  • Creosote
  • Paint strippers

For more information visit the Corporation of London’s website or call 020 7332 3433.

Collection charges

There is usually no cost for the first collection (depending on the amount of waste).

Subsequent collections will be chargeable depending on the type and quantity of waste.

Reporting a fly-tip of Hazardous Waste

For information on how the report a fly-tip of hazardous waste, please visit Fly-tipping and keeping streets clean

Clinical waste

Clinical waste collections are to be divided into three waste types:

  • Sharps
  • Infectious waste
  • Offensive waste


Only sharp boxes with yellow lids (no other colours) will be collected. Please go back to your GP or Doctor for any other lids.

Infectious waste

Infectious waste can consist of:

  • Human blood and blood products
  • Human body fluids
  • Microbiological waste
  • Pathological waste
  • Waste generated by dialysis

Offensive waste

Offensive waste can consist of:

  • Nappy waste and incontinence pads
  • Sanitary hygiene waste
  • Protective garments and outer dressings that are not contaminated with bodily fluids i.e. gloves, gowns and masks.

Collection services

The council provides a collection service from domestic properties for clinical sharps and CAPD home dialysis waste. Yellow bags are provided for CAPD waste.

Referrals for CAPD waste will need to be in writing from the Primary Care Trust, Local/District nurse.

Please send the referrals to:

Facilities Management Team
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Forest Road
Walthamstow E17 4JF