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Hazardous waste contains substances with hazardous properties. The hazard can be an acute hazard, such as corrosive, explosive, flammable, contagious or poisonous to people and the environment. There are also substances that are hazardous over the long-term, like cadmium or PCBs. Hazardous waste must be handled properly to stop the substances from affecting the natural surroundings and causing damage. It's advisable to see if the product is marked as hazardous. If it is, then any residue and used products are classed as hazardous waste.
Hazardous waste includes light bulbs and florescent tubes, mercury thermometers, nail varnish, mobile phones, creosoted wood, mineral oils (engine oil, waste oil, grease), pesticides, herbicides, battery acid, ammonia, lye, photographic chemicals, paints and solvents (methylated spirits, paint thinners, acetone, petrol).
Hazardous waste from households must be taken to the municipal council's recycling depots. 1.8 kg of hazardous waste and electrical waste per person, per year, ends up being thrown away in the wrong bin. This amounts to 18,000 tons of waste that could contain lead, mercury, cadmium and other hazardous substances. Help us fix this problem – every gram means a lot for the environment!
There are special rules for hazardous waste from companies. A business is allowed to transport hazardous waste as long as it filed a report with the county administrative board in advance. Information and forms about this can be found on the county administrative board's website. When transporting hazardous waste yourself you must draw up a transport document, where it states the type of hazardous waste, how much, where it was transported and when. The transport document should be kept for five years. Businesses must be able to show the supervisory authority (environmental health authority) the amount of hazardous waste that the business generates and how it's managed. There are also rules for how hazardous waste is stored and about how it´s marked.