29 Nov 2021

Get rid of your household hazardous waste safely and for free at Laois drop off day

hazardous waste

Laois County Council is encouraging householders across the county to avail of its Free Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day this weekend .

Certain hazardous wastes found around the home can be disposed of free of charge at the temporary collection service at Brand Central Car Park, Rathdowney, Co Laois. 

Many everyday household items, fluids and containers are considered hazardous to both the environment and human health if not stored and disposed of correctly.

Joanne Rourke, Eastern-Midlands Regional Waste Management Office explained that even common household items such as cooking oil and detergents can be considered hazardous if not treated with proper care and consideration. 

“Waste is classified as being hazardous when it displays one or more of the hazardous properties listed in the Waste Management Act. These relevant properties are explosive, oxidizing, flammable, irritant, harmful, toxic, or carcinogenic.

“People are surprised to learn how many common items around the home fit this criteria, for example mixed fuels, batteries – car and household, medicinal waste, pesticides, herbicides, paints and varnishes. Household detergents, anti freeze, oil filters, adhesives and aerosols should also be considered as hazardous and treated accordingly.

“The careless disposal of hazardous household waste has the potential to cause physical injury to waste disposal workers and contaminate septic tanks or our wastewater systems if poured down sinks, toilets or drains,” she said.

Donal Brennan is Director of Services Environment Department, Laois County Council

“This event is an opportunity for people to rid their homes of such waste safely and for free. Hazardous waste accepted on the day is listed on our website It is also an opportunity for us all to consider replacing these items, where possible, with environmentally friendly, natural products," he said.

Ideas and recipes on how to create household cleaners from common non-hazardous ingredients will be available on the day or by contacting our Environment Awareness Officer Ann-Marie Kelly on 057 8674331or emailing"

This one day event is funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and supported by Connacht-Ulster Regional Waste Management Office.  The event is open only to householders and all items must be in original packaging and labelled. 

Portlaoise Recycling Centre also accepts certain Household Hazardous Wastes 6 days a week along with other usual recyclable items for a small entrance fee of €4.  Waste Electronic and Electrical Wastes are also accepted in Portlaoise Recycling Centre free of charge.

The one day event runs from 10am to 4pm on this day only, on Saturday, May 12, 2018

A full list of items accepted is available on and on Laois County Council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Household Hazardous Waste

Substances or objects that are discarded, intended or required to be discarded and that display some of the following properties: corrosive, explosive, irritant, flammable, toxic etc. may be termed Hazardous Waste.

A container that contained such substances is also considered to be Hazardous Waste.

Some common items displaying hazardous properties that may be found in the home/garage are:

Aerosols – deodorant cans, spray paints etc.
Batteries – lead acid, nickel-cadmium etc.
Bleach/Cleaning agents – metal cleaners, drain cleaners, oven cleaners etc.
Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Energy-saving light bulbs/Fluorescent tubes/Mercury thermometers
Ink/printer cartridges/ribbons/toners
Waste medicines – expired or unwanted etc.
Engine oil/gear and lubricating oils/anti-freeze
Paints/paint thinners/varnishes/solvents
Photographic chemicals

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