Harmful household chemical disposal

Our homes contain potentially harmful household chemicals everyday products like bleach, oven cleaners, and weed killers. Please keep yourself, friends and family, pets, wildlife and plants safe by disposing of them responsibly.

Household chemicals should never be poured down the sink or toilet or dumped.

Please don’t put them in your burgundy rubbish bin either as they could leak and interact could explode or form a deadly gases.

Identifying harmful household chemicals

Look at the product label. Almost all household chemicals will have instructions on the label for how to properly dispose of them. Always read labels and follow the instructions to ensure their safe disposal.

Harmful hazardous household chemicals include any product that:

  • is poisonous or toxic
  • can catch fire
  • is likely to explode
  • can mix with other chemicals and cause a dangerous reaction
  • can eat away (corrode) other materials

You can take all of the items below except petrol to Blackburn or Darwen household waste recycling centres. The centres have separate containers to ensure these items are disposed of as hazardous waste.

Common household chemicals that are, or might be hazardous waste include:

  • batteries - (some shops have recycling bins where you can drop off these items)
  • pesticides (weed and insect repellents and killers)
  • stains and varnish
  • paint and paint thinner
  • cleaning products
  • motor oil, fuel, and other automotive chemicals and materials
  • hair dyes, perms, and other products
  • oven cleaner
  • drain opener
  • mercury thermometers
  • fluorescent light bulbs

Always take care to store hazardous waste materials carefully and safely out of the reach of children and pets. Keep them from spilling, leaking, or mixing with other chemicals.