Waste is considered hazardous if it could harm or hurt people or the environment.

Some types of waste that would be considered hazardous include:

  • asbestos

  • batteries

  • chemicals and paint

  • dead animals

  • solvents

  • pesticides

  • oils.

Report Hazardous Waste

Asbestos

All types of asbestos are classed as hazardous waste and must be disposed of correctly.

It is very important to be careful when handling asbestos. Do not break it up!

Information on Asbestos and How to Dispose of It

Batteries

Both car and household batteries can be disposed of at the household recycling centres in Alconbury, Bluntisham and St Neots.

Most shops that sell household batteries have collection bins for used household batteries. Why not try avoiding waste in the first place? Buy a charger and rechargeable batteries if possible. It will save you money in the long term and help protect the environment.

Household chemicals and paint

Common chemicals, cleaning products, pesticides, fertilisers, engine oil, solvents and paints can be taken to the household recycling centres in Alconbury, Bluntisham and St Neots. See what you can recycle at the household recycling centres.

Never pour chemicals down the drain as they can damage the environment.

Dead animals

The removal and disposal of dead animals is the responsibility of the landowner. We will remove dead animals from council-owned land and the side of the road. We can only remove dead animals in the road if it is not busy as we cannot close the road for access.

We will remove cats, dogs, ducks (unless in water), muntjac deer, badgers and foxes. We cannot remove hedgehogs or sheep.

Where possible we will arrange for cats and dogs to be scanned for microchips and contact owners. Cats and dogs with no collar or microchip will be sent to Vetspeed for disposal.

Please report dead swans or any other animal floating in or on the river to the Environment Agency’s incident helpline – 0800 807060.

Report a Dead Animal

Needles and syringes

If you find a needle or syringe in a public place make sure that you:

  • do not separate the needle and the syringe

  • do not touch it, if possible

  • do not put it in a litter bin or drain or flush it down the toilet

  • do not hide it - but you can cover it to reduce the possibility of injury to anyone else. Make sure the cover is obvious to anyone else who may see the needle and let us know if you have covered it up for protection

  • report it to us - provide clear details of the location of the discarded needle and leave your name and contact number so our officers can contact you if they have trouble finding the needle/syringe.

Report Needles or Syringes

Priority collection service

Needles that are found in a public area that is deemed a serious risk, such as a play area, will be given a priority response. Telephone 01480 434167 (24 hour answering service) during a normal working day and we will aim to make a collection within two hours.

If you find a needle in a non-public area, please report it to the site owner.