Types of domestic chemical waste

Here you will find a list of the most common types of chemical waste found in households. If you are in doubt whether an item is chemical waste or not, it is better to turn it in separately.

List of the most common domestic chemical waste


  • batteries
  • (broken) rechargeable batteries
  • pesticides and insecticides
  • lamp oil
  • petroleum
  • low energy light bulbs
  • fluorescent lamps
  • liquid drain cleaner

From the medicine chest

  • hypodermic needles
  • mercury thermometers
  • medicines

Home improvement products

  • used paint related products such as turpentine, thinner, paint stripper, paint thinner, paint brush cleaner, brush softener and petroleum naphtha
  • mercury switch (such as ‘non-digital’ heating thermostats)
  • paint, lacquer, wood stain


  • etching liquids such as saltpetre acid and sulphuric acid
  • photo fixatives
  • photo development products
  • hydrochloric acid


  • batteries
  • petrol
  • engine oil, used oil and brake oil
  • oil filters


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Published: 24 January 2017Modified: 15 June 2017