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Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste needs to be collected separately based on its type, kept separate from each other and other waste and stored appropriately. Hazardous waste from companies needs to be packaged and marked, and all necessary information about it needs to be provided in all stages of the waste management chain so that the properties and transfers of this hazardous waste can be monitored from the source till the waste’s recovery and final treatment.

Hazardous waste from households must be delivered to collection points arranged by MSWOs free of charge, while hazardous waste under producer responsibility (e.g. batteries and accumulators; WEEE) can also be delivered to reception points organized by producers. Pharmaceutical waste, needles and syringes from households must be delivered to pharmacies. Hazardous waste produced in places other than households and businesses need to be delivered to a consignee entitled to receive it.

Hazardous waste from households includes:

  • energy-saving lamps and other fluorescent tubes, accumulators, batteries
  • medications, needles and syringes; thermometers containing mercury
  • waste oil, oil filters and other oily equipment; solvents such as turpentine, paint thinner
  • acetone, petrol, fuel oil and solvent-based detergents
  • wet paint, adhesives and varnishes; water used to wash painting tools
  • pressurized containers, such as aerosol cans (sloshes around or fizzles); fire extinguishers
  • and gas bottles
  • pressure impregnated wood (reception subject to a charge); wood preservatives and
  • impregnating agent
  • asbestos (reception subject to a charge)
  • alkaline detergents and washing agents; pesticides and disinfectants
  • strong acids such as sulfuric acid
  • New Year’s tin (the EU forbids the sale of tin in consumer products as of 1 March 2018)
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