What is Household Hazardous Waste?
In our daily lives we use products which contain hazardous components. Such products include certain paints, cleaning agents, stains and varnishes, car batteries, motor oil, and pesticides. The leftover contents of such products are known as "household hazardous waste." Such items are labeled with symbols such as corrosive, hazardous or toxic. When improperly disposed of, household hazardous waste can create a potential risk to our health, safety and the environment.
Hazardous waste must go through specialized treatment prior to recyling/recovery or must be disposed of in specially designed hazardous waste landfills. Items of household hazardous waste must not be placed with normal household refuse. Below is a list of the items that you should not place in your refuse bin for landfill:
- Motor oils
- Florescent tubes
- Any hazardous cleaning agents such as bleach or white spirits
- Medicines including veterinary medicines
- Waste vegetable oils
Correct disposal of household hazardous waste
Cavan County Council accepts items of household hazardous waste at the Corranure Civic Amenity Centre. Please contact 049 4327658 for details of applicable charges.
Cavan County Council also accepts items of household hazardous waste at specially organised "hazardous waste collection" days at various Civic Amenity Centres each year. Details of collection dates are advertised on our social media or in local press. For further information on household hazardous waste, please consult “A Householders' Guide to Hazardous Waste Prevention” available.
Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
WEEE is anything powered by a battery or a plug. Do not put WEEE or used batteries in the general waste bin. You can bring your old WEEE appliances to any of Cavan County Council’s Civic Amenity Centres or your electrical retailer will take back old items on a one for one basis when you are buying something new. Disposal is free of charge.
The European Recycling Platform (ERP) also provides free collections in centralised locations throughout Cavan whereby the public can drop off items for recycling. For information on upcoming events visit the ERP website www.erp-recycling.org/ie.
Waste household batteries can be brought to:
- Any electrical retailer selling equivalent batteries
- Schools’ who are participating in the European Recycling Platform school’s battery recycling collection