Household chemicals and paints disposal

How to dispose of hazardous household waste

Residents can dispose of household chemicals and paints by contacting the City of London, who will collect the hazardous waste from your property free of charge.

Hazardous household waste includes items such as:

  • antifreeze, white spirit, adhesives, mastic, petrol and diesel
  • bleach, ammonia and drain cleaners
  • household cleaning products and toilet cleaners
  • garden chemicals, pesticides and weed killers
  • tablets and medicines (but not clinical waste)
  • oil-based and water-based paints.

Before using chemical products, always read the label carefully so that you handle and store the materials in a safe way.

How to arrange a collection

Royal Borough of Greenwich has partnered with the City of London on hazardous household waste collections so that the service is now easier and safer.

To arrange a collection, please apply to the City of London. You will need your Council Tax number at hand to complete the form.

You can also find out more about the service from the hazardous household waste page of the City of London website.

If you do not live in Royal Greenwich, you will need to find out about chemicals and paints disposal through your local authority. 


There is a limit to the weight and number of collections for each household:

  • 25kg maximum weight per visit
  • three maximum visits per year.

What not to do

  1. Do not bring chemicals and paints to the Reuse and Recycling Centre. If you bring these items to the Reuse and Recycling Centre, you will be asked to take them home and contact the City of London.
  2. Do not place any chemicals in your household wheelie bin as it will:

    • contaminate the bin and it contents (for example, paints can destroy some materials so that they can no longer be recycled
    • endanger staff who are sorting material by hand in some circumstances.

Hazardous trade waste

Businesses needing to dispose of chemicals, paints and other hazardous waste will need to make their own arrangements with the City of London.

Contact City of London hazardous waste disposal

City of London,
Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal Service,
Walbrook Wharf,
Upper Thames Street,
London EC4R 3TD

020 7332 3433

020 7332 3432