Hazardous waste can harm people or the environment if left in the wrong place. It must not be mixed with other waste or flushed down the drain, but must be turned in at a special collection point.
Municipal recycling centres accept most types of hazardous waste. There may also be hazardous waste collection points, for example at petrol stations, where hazardous waste can be turned in. Some municipalities collect hazardous waste directly from households. Some hazardous waste can also be handed in at shops and similar places.
Hazardous waste includes anything that may be toxic, carcinogenic, corrosive, harmful to reproduction, dangerous to the environment, infectious or flammable. In a regular household, this could be things like chemicals, paints, solvents, pharmaceutical products and pesticides.