Check our disposal website for details of where you can dispose of your unwanted garden care chemicals.
This area refers to all weed killers, moss control products, lawn products which contain weed killer or moss control ingredients and pesticides used for plant protection
For the latest information on Garden Care chemicals, please consult the HSE website
How do I recycle my empty concentrate and ready to use weed killer and lawn care containers?
Empty Ready to Use containers can be disposed directly into household recycling waste
Concentrate pesticide products (ie those requiring dilution before use) should be rinsed three times adding the washings to the final spray solution. The empty container must then be placed in the normal household waste. They cannot be recycled.
Never dispose of unwanted solution or rinsings from the concentrate bottles down household sinks, lavatories or drains, or near ponds, streams or marshy areas, ditches or wildlife habitats.
How can I minimise waste?
Only buy enough product for the current season. When preparing a diluted solution from a concentrate only make up just enough product to do the job.
For small areas purchase Ready-to-Use products that can be stored after partial use and then re-used until empty.
Can I store diluted product for later use?
No. Diluted concentrate products when left in a shed/garage can lose effectiveness and could be a danger for children and wildlife. Choose Ready to Use products if you only need to use a little at a time as they are stable, easy to store, and convenient.
What is the best way to dispose of surplus dilute solution?
When preparing a diluted solution from a concentrate always ensure you only mix the amount required to do the job, no more. If you find that you do have some diluted solution remaining you should only use it up for the purposes recommended on the product label
Never dispose of unwanted dilute spray solution down household sinks, lavatories or drains, or near ponds, streams or marshy areas, ditches or wildlife habitats.
What is the best way to dispose of old or unwanted Garden Care Chemical products or products that have had their approval withdrawn?
Firstly, you need to identify if the product you have in your shed no longer has approval to be used in your garden. To do this we suggest that you visit the following website which will provide you with the current list of withdrawn chemicals. https://secure.pesticides.gov.uk/pestreg/
Once you understand whether the product is withdrawn, these products should be disposed of through your local waste authority (County Council or Unitary Council). Your local council can advise on household waste sites that will accept garden chemicals.
Never dispose of unwanted product down household sinks, lavatories or drains or near ponds, streams or marshy areas, ditches or wildlife habitats.
Note: Garden Care Chemicals that have had their approval withdrawn are given a season/year in which to be used up and do not represent a danger to the public if used up according to label advice.
Garden Chemicals Safe Disposal
Find your nearest site where insecticides and Weedkiller products can be disposed of safely.
Please note that only products that cannot be recycled in your household recycling bins need to be taken to your local disposal site, these include products that are out of date, contain chemical ingredients that are no longer approved for use in gardens and any excess unwanted product.
We want to ensure that the general public dispose of these products safely and prevent harm to the environment.
Find your nearest disposal site
Ready to use containers can be recycled in household recycling bins.
Always read the label. Use garden chemicals safely