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Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste is any form of waste which can harm human health or the environment, or is difficult to handle. Each of the items on the list below is classed as hazardous waste:

  • TV and computer monitors
  • Fridges & freezers
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Infectious clinical wastes
  • All asbestos containing wastes
  • Waste oils
  • End of life vehicles
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Solvent based paint, paint stripper and thinners

You must separate out any hazardous waste from your general household waste before taking it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. It must not be placed in any of the general household waste skips but handed to one of the site attendants.

Hearing aids

Hearing aids are not collected at Household Waste Recycling Centres but can often be taken back to the provider or donated to charity. Collection points for hearing aids can often be found at: Doctors` surgeries, Hospital audiology departments, private hearing specialists, some charity shops eg Age UK

Organisations such as The Lions Clubs who provide affordable hearing aids for hard-of-hearing individuals who have limited financial resources and Sound Seekers who help people with hearing loss in Africa. Batteries for hearing aids are also wanted.

Household Waste Recycling Centres

There are 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres in Cumbria. There are lots of recycling facilities at these centres and residents can also dispose of any household rubbish free of charge.

If you have a question about resources or recycling please call one of the following numbers
Cumberland Council: 0300 373 3730
Westmorland & Furness Council: 0300 373 3300
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