Hazardous waste

The Asbestos Service remains suspended but we expect to resume it shortly. Please check this page regularly for updates. 

Anyone who has ordered the service will receive their bag and permit when the service resumes with an extended expiry date.

Thank you for your patience at this time.


Asbestos is a hazardous waste and needs to be handled and disposed of safely. If you are unsure if your waste contains asbestos, you should still treat it as asbestos to make sure it is handled correctly

We encourage householders to dispose of all types of asbestos through a specialist licensed contractor as asbestos must be removed and disposed of in a controlled and safe manner. To find a licensed contractor please visit the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) website. For general enquiries about asbestos please contact us on asbestosdisposal@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

For information on what asbestos looks like, where it can be found in your home and what you should do if you find asbestos visit the abesotos health and safety section on the Health and Safety Executive website.

What you should do with cement-bonded asbestos

Cambridgeshire County Council offers its residents a disposal service for small quantities, equivalent of two sheets or less, of cement bonded asbestos (which is predominately chrysotile) found in the home. This can be applied for through our online form. The service can only be used once within a 12 month period.

An asbestos disposal bag, permit and disposal at the Waste Transfer Station are free but we do charge a small administration fee of £10.50. This fee is payable through the online form and covers the cost of processing the request and postage. The permit will be valid for six weeks from the date an application is made. You must deposit the material within this time period or the permit will no longer be valid.

This service does not include waste arising from home improvement or demolition work, even if you have carried out this work yourself. It is your responsibility to ensure that asbestos arising from home improvement work is removed and disposed of by a licensed contractor.

For more information about this service please see our information leaflet

If you do need to dispose of asbestos please refer to the Health and Safety Executive guidance.

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What you should do with other types of asbestos, such as blue or brown

Arrange for specialist licensed contractors to remove it. It must only be handled by sites and carriers with the appropriate licenses.

When will I receive my bag and permit?

You should receive both within 10 working days of successfully completing the online form. The permit and the bag will be delivered to the house address supplied on the online form.

What is the size of the asbestos bag?

The bag supplied is 2.59m (8’6”) x 1.37m (4’6”) and the contents must be sealed with industrial tape or cable ties.

What if I need more than one bag for the amount of asbestos waste I have?

Unfortunately the County Council can only help dispose of one bag of cement bonded asbestos a year per residence. Anything in excess of this amount needs to be disposed of through an approved licensed contractor.

Can I take asbestos to my nearest Household Waste Recycling centre?

No, because it is hazardous waste it must only be deposited at licensed facilities.

What if my permit expires or need to use a different vehicle?

You will need to contact us on asbestosdisposal@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Can I arrange for the Council to collect my bag from my address?

Unfortunately we do not offer this service at this time.

Dead animals

If you find a dead animal on the roadside please contact your district council so that it can be removed and disposed of safely.

Clinical waste

Clinical waste is any waste which poses a threat of infection to humans. The term also includes drugs or other pharmaceutical products.

Clinical waste is mainly produced by hospitals, health clinics, doctor surgeries and veterinary practices, but is also found in residential homes, nursing homes and private households.

Examples of clinical waste include:

  • human or animal tissue
  • blood or other bodily fluids
  • excretions
  • drugs or other pharmaceutical products
  • swabs or dressings (including nappies)
  • syringes, needles or other sharp instruments

What you should do with it

Please contact your district council to find out more about clinical waste collections. You should not dispose of any clinical waste except nappies in your rubbish. You can take unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy (who will dispose of them safely).

Explosives and fireworks

Recycling centres do not accept waste of this type under any circumstances. Do not put this waste in your kerbside collections (with the exception of fully spent fireworks). It poses a risk to waste management staff and members of the public.


If you have a firearm that you want to dispose of, please take it to your nearest police station.