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Last updated on September 5th, 2022

Hazardous waste disposal cost guide

The disposal of hazardous waste is a serious matter. Fortunately, it's not too difficult to find specialist companies who can dispose of it for you. But how much does it cost?

Hazardous waste disposal is a complicated and risky business. If you have recently discovered, created or come into the possession of hazardous waste, moving it from your premises should be at the top of your priority list.

But how much does hazardous waste disposal cost and how can you find professionals who offer this service? To help you deal with the problem quickly, read our price guide below.

Once you’ve got an overview of costs, use our free search tool to connect with professionals near you.

Hazardous waste disposal cost

As seen in the table below, one-off prices for commercial waste disposal will be based on how much waste fills the removal truck.

Cost provided itemVolume of wasteAverage UK cost
Hazardous waste disposal Truck load (¼)
Hazardous waste disposal Truck load (½) £575
Hazardous waste disposal Truck load (¾)
Hazardous waste disposal Truck load (full)£1,000

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

If the organisation you work for regularly creates harmful waste, a recurring waste management solution is essential in dealing with the waste effectively and keeping the costs down.

However, for a one-off 1/4 of a truck load disposal, the average hazardous waste disposal cost is £300

For half a truck load it’ll be £575, 3/4 of a truck is around £800, and to dispose of a full load of hazardous waste you’ll need to budget in the region off £1,000.

What factors influence the cost of hazardous waste disposal?

Inevitably, a number of factors will influence the quote given to remove the hazardous waste from your property. This includes:

  • The volume of waste;
  • How dangerous it is;
  • Where the waste is located.

Prices will naturally always be a key driver for small businesses. Use our search tool below to connect with professional disposal companies who can safely remove the harmful waste from your premises.

Top tip: If this will be a regular requirement, seek quotes for ongoing waste management solutions, as these will likely be cheaper than one-off pricing.


hazardous waste disposal costsWhat are hazardous waste examples?

Hazardous waste refers to any materials that can cause harm to your health and the environment if not disposed of correctly. Common examples include:

  • Clinical waste from hospitals;
  • Flammable liquids or substances;
  • Solvents used in cleaning;
  • Wastewater from petroleum refiners;
  • Asbestos-containing materials;
  • Toxic chemicals or explosive materials.

The most dangerous hazardous waste is the waste created by nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons facilities. Asbestos also falls into this category due to the health risks associated with it.

What harm can hazardous waste cause?

Toxic waste has been the cause of unnecessary deaths and health problems such as cancer, heart defects, hypertension, miscarriages, low birth weight, birth defects and neurological conditions.

With regard to the environment, toxic waste is responsible for considerable damage to ecosystems, harming plant-life and threatening the animal population in the area.

Can I dispose of hazardous waste by myself?

The disposal of hazardous waste is a serious matter. To conduct hazardous waste disposal, high-grade protection and materials are required to mitigate the risk associated with the job.

It’s neither cost-effective nor safe for an inexperienced or under-equipped individual to attempt to complete this task. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to find specialist companies who can dispose of this for you.

Simply enter your postcode in our free search tool below.

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