Welcome to the waste directory  - hazardous waste

What does this cover?

Hazardous waste can be found in almost all industries and includes everyday items such as:

  • Chemicals (and chemically contaminated items)
  • Fluorescent tubes and sodium lamps
  • Contaminated spills and rags
  • Aerosols
  • Paint in original containers
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Antifreeze and brake fluids
  • Oil and fuel filters
  • Tyres
  • Toner / laser cartridges
  • Inkjet cartridges
  • Asbestos

What is included?



  • Chemical waste
  • Paint


  • Clinical waste
  • Radioactive material
  • Lamps

Waste hierarchy

What happens to this waste stream?

0% reused
15% recycled
81% recovered
4% incinerated
1% landfilled

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Hazardous materials waste stream

How do I arrange disposal of hazardous materials?

Who removes them?

  • Items should usually be taken by the lab users to the central waste hazrdous waste store (for those sites, which possess one) at the agreed time (see schedule for Hammersmith, below).
  • If there is not a central store or if the volume is considerable then the contractor may collect the waste from the point of use (in which case a permit-to-work will be required).

What happens then?

  • The waste will be collected by a specialist contractor. As much as possible will be recycled or recovered.
Campus chemical waste stores
 Charing Cross  South side of campus adjacent to courtyard car park
 Chelsea & Westminster  Rear of main hospital building
 Hammersmith  Eastern end of Burlington Danes building
 Royal Brompton - GSB - Dovehouse Street  Front courtyard
 Royal Brompton - EKB  Within building
 St Mary's  Ground floor Medical School Building near rear lodge
 South Kensington  Unwin Road (RSM courtyard) and Callendar Road (rear of Blackett)
 Silwood Park  Collected direct from laboratories 

How green is this waste stream?

  • By following procedures correctly we fulfil our duty of care to anyone that needs to handle these wastes in disposing of them.
  • Ensuring these wastes are processed by a specialist contractor means that any hazardous materials are disposed of appropriately, avoiding the risk of soil contamination and water pollution.


Roger Smith, Hazardous Waste Coordinator: 07590 250 550