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    A collection of chemical containers and bottles

About the service​

The City of London operates a household hazardous waste collection and disposal service for residents on behalf of most of the London Boroughs. We only collect wrapped asbestos and boxed chemicals including paint.

Flytips

If you see flytipped waste, please report it to your local authority direct .

London Boroughs we do not collect from:

The collection agreement we have with the London Borough of Islington
requires residents to contact the Council direct.

Items we do not collect:

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Explosives
  • Beds, sofas, fridges, washing machines etc (phone your council to arrange a 'bulky waste' collection
  • Electrical waste e.g. computers, TVs
  • Clinical waste and sharps
  • Storage heaters
  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Garden/green waste
  • Radioactive waste
  • Cooking oil
  • Pressurised waste e.g. aerosols, gas canisters
  • Lightbulbs and fluorescent tubes
  • Plasterboard and general building waste
  • Batteries
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl compounds
  • Flammable film stock

Residents - how to arrange an asbestos collection

What we do

  • We provide a collection service for wrapped asbestos only.
  • We do not test, dismantle or wrap the asbestos for you.
  • We do not supply the wrapping.
  • You are entitled to one collection per rolling year.

How to apply

You can complete the online form or call us on 020 7332 3433.

Please have to hand the following:

  • The name of the London Borough you live in
  • Your full name, address and telephone number
  • The number of pieces and the size of each piece (in metres or centimetres) and/or;
  • The number of rubble bags

Wrapping instructions

  • If the asbestos comes down in sizeable pieces, each piece needs to be individually wrapped in heavy duty plastic and completely sealed with a strong tape.
  • If the asbestos comes down as rubble, put the waste into builder's rubble bags. Each bag needs to be easily liftable by one person and sealed with a strong tape.

You can find the wrapping instructions and more information on our asbestos-information-sheet.pdf (100KB)

Residents - how to arrange a chemical collection (including paint)

What we do

  • We provide a collection service for boxed chemical and paint only.
  • You are entitled to three collections of 50L of containers per rolling year.
  • Chemicals and paint tins must be put into cardboard boxes for collection.

How to apply

You can complete the online form or call us on 020 7332 3433:

Please have to hand the following:

  • The name of the London Borough you live in
  • Your full name, address and telephone number
  • The name of the chemicals
  • The number of containers
  • The size of each container

Packing instructions

  • The chemicals should be kept in their original containers and put into strong cardboard boxes
  • You can put several items into one box, but each box must be easily liftable by one person

You can find the packing instructions and more information on our chemical-information-sheet.pdf (109KB)

Schools

We can arrange collections for some schools. ​Please contact us on 020 7332 3433 or email us at cleansing.hazwaste@cityoflondon.gov.uk for more information.

Landlords, charities and commercial

​We do not provide a collection of asbestos for landlords, charities or commercial waste.

Our collection service is for domestic asbestos collection only and for the resident of the property where the collection is from. We ask for proof of recent Council Tax payments.

We can however provide a collection of paint and chemicals. A quote can be supplied on request. Please phone us on 020 7332 3433 or email us at cleansing.hazwaste@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Charges and payment

The first 15m2 of asbestos or seven builders rubble bags are collected free of charge, as subsidised by your council. There is a charge for any asbestos over that amount.

There is no charge for residential collection of chemicals/paint, but we can only collect up to 50L per collection.

Payment is made over the telephone or online form by credit/debit card registered to the address of collection.

Payment must be made before the collection can be arranged.

Paperwork and collection

We will post the paperwork to the address where the collection has been arranged from, along with a receipt if a payment has been made. Please check the paperwork, sign and date and return to us. No collection can be arranged until this form has been completed and returned.

Once we get the paperwork back, we will let our contractors know that you need a collection. You will then be put on the collection waiting list. The service is very busy and it can take up to ten working days (from receiving your paperwork back) for a collection to be arranged. Our contractor will phone you a few days before collection though to let you know when they will be coming.

This is a very specialist service and all the correct paperwork must be completed and returned before your collection can be arranged. A delay in returning your paperwork will mean that you will have to wait longer for a collection.

The contractor divides the collections into areas of London and so you will receive a collection when the contractor is next working in your area.

Links to other organisations for more information

The following organisations also have useful information on a variety of hazardous waste issues.


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