How to Properly Dispose of Hazardous Household Waste

Man in a Hazardous waste suit, cleaning. Every household generates some kind of hazardous waste, which includes products that can be harmful to human health and the environment. These products should be disposed of safely and correctly. Dublin, like many other cities, has specific rules and regulations on how to dispose of hazardous household waste. In this blog post, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about hazardous waste disposal in Dublin so that you can do your part in protecting human health and the environment.

1. Identify Hazardous Waste

The first step in proper waste disposal is to identify hazardous waste in your home. Some of the common examples include pesticides, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, paints, solvents, and cleaning agents. Once you have identified hazardous waste, make sure they are placed in their original containers and well-labeled.

Some hazardous items include:

  • Waste Paint Paint Thinners / Strippers
  • White Spirit Creosotes
  • Epoxy Resins
  • Silicones
  • Cleaning Agents
  • Detergents
  • Bleaches
  • Medicines
  • Pharmacy Waste
  • Herbicides/ Pesticides
  • Aerosols Waste
  • Engine Oils
  • Antifreeze/Coolants
  • Adhesives/Glues
  • Chemicals with Identification Labels

2. Find Local Drop-Off Locations

Dublin city has several hazardous waste drop-off locations, and you can find them by visiting the Dublin City Council website. These locations accept the majority of household hazardous waste, but some have age and/or quantity limits. Make sure you check the rules and regulations for each drop-off location.

3. Schedule a Collection

In some cases, you may be unable to transport hazardous waste to a drop-off location, or the waste may exceed the quantity limits. In such instances, you may schedule a collection appointment with Greyhound. The collection must be handled by a licensed waste contractor, and you’ll need to provide details on the types and quantities of hazardous waste, location, and access information.

4. Be Safe

Proper handling of hazardous waste is critical to your safety. Make sure you wear protective gear such as gloves, goggles, and masks, to avoid potential exposure to hazardous waste. Also, keep the hazardous waste out of reach of children and pets.

5. Alternative Disposal Options

When disposing of hazardous waste, it’s important to consider alternative disposal options. For example, you can reuse leftover paint by mixing it with other paints. If you have a small quantity of household hazardous waste, you may also consider storing it in a separate container until you have enough for a drop-off or collection appointment.


In conclusion, proper disposal of hazardous waste is necessary for the safety of humans and the environment. Follow the steps outlined above to ensure you’re disposing of hazardous waste safely and legally in Dublin. Remember to identify hazardous waste, find your nearest drop-off location, schedule a collection if needed, practice safety precautions, and consider alternative disposal options. Together, we can do our part in keeping Dublin clean and safe.