Hazardous Waste Collection

Due to hazardous waste regulations, you are not able to dispose of certain items with your regular waste collections. These should be separated.

Strict regulations prevent us from collecting the following items:

  • Construction and demolition waste (hazardous and non-hazardous)
  • Gas bottles or any liquids
  • Chemicals (including drummed chemicals)
  • Oil
  • Paint/solvents
  • Asbestos
  • Car batteries
  • Fencing/shed/decking (pressure treated/coated with wood preservatives)
  • Mixed waste (if the waste contains a material that you would expect to be hazardous in it's own right, then the whole load should be treated as hazardous)
  • Fluorescent tubes and other mercury-containing waste
  • Gypsum plasterboard

Alternative Disposal

Hazardous household waste can be disposed of at a local household waste recycling site. These are owned by East Sussex County Council and managed by a contractor.

Disposal of Energy Efficient Light Bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Lights or Low Energy Light Bulbs)

Once your Energy Efficient Light Bulb has worn out it should be taken back to the retailer who should accept it.

Alternatively you can take them for disposal at your local Household Waste Recycling Sites at Cradle Hill Industrial Estate, Seaford; Ham Lane, Lewes or Lewes Road, Newhaven.

Bulbs should be kept intact and not broken as they contain small amounts of mercury. If one should break, vacate the room and ventilate it for at least 15 minutes.

Do not use a vacuum cleaner, but clean up using rubber gloves and aim to avoid creating and inhaling airborne dust.

Sweep up all particles and glass fragments and place in a plastic bag. Wipe the area with a damp cloth and dispose of this in the bag and seal it.

Mercury is hazardous and the bag should not be disposed of in the bin. Instead, take the bag to your local household waste recycling site as mentioned above.

Disposing of Asbestos

Asbestos is a natural mineral and has been used in building construction for a number of years because of its fire retardant properties. If it is in good condition and is dismantled and disposed of correctly asbestos shouldn't cause health problems.  However, if it is damaged, broken, drilled, cut or sanded small fibres can be released which can cause long-term health problems.

Dismantling and disposing of asbestos sheds and garages

Follow the advice below for safe dismantling and disposal of asbestos sheds and garages.

  • Wear a suitable disposable dust respirator
  • Dampen the asbestos and the surrounding working area first
  • If possible try to dismantle the structure in one piece by undoing any bolts
  • Dampen down any dust created and sweep it with a brush
  • Do not use domestic vacuum cleaners
  • Do not use power tools
  • Wrap the asbestos with polythene sheets and label it clearly
  • Double bag any small asbestos pieces and the contaminated items such as face masks and sweeping brushes and label it clearly

Where to dispose of asbestos sheds and garages

You can take domestic asbestos waste to certain designated sites managed by East Sussex County Council. Please contact East Sussex County Council for further details of sites and opening hours on 0345 608 0190.

Please remember to double wrap and clearly label asbestos before you take it to the designated Household Waste Recycling Site. You should also telephone the site beforehand so that they can make necessary operational preparations please ask ESCC for contact number.