Small chemical waste

Small chemical waste is a collective term for all kinds of hazardous waste, including empty batteries, car batteries, motor oil or paint cans. Some of these materials can be recycled, for example using the zinc in batteries to make new gutters. Turn in small chemical waste free of charge so that we can process the hazardous materials safely. Read on to find out what is or is not small chemical waste and how to dispose of it.

Recycling centre or shop

Take your small chemical waste to a recycling centre free of charge. You can also dispose of certain products by placing them in the designated bins at a shop or DIY store.


You can dispose of small chemical waste free of charge.

Complaint or report

If you see small chemical waste in a public place or if you have another question or comment, report it via the  MijnGemeente app or contact us on 14 043. 

  • Below you can see what is or is not small chemical waste (and where to dispose of it).

    The following is small chemical waste

    Household items: 

    • Batteries, energy-saving lamps, halogen lamps, LED lamps and fluorescent tubes (you can also dispose of these by placing them in the designated bins at a shop or DIY store)
    • Pesticides and insecticides
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Fire and smoke detectors
    • Kerosene
    • Petroleum
    • Liquid drains cleaner


    • Mercury thermometers
    • Drugs and syringes (you can also hand these in at the pharmacy)

    DIY / hobby:

    • Fixer for photographic film
    • Developer for photographic film
    • Etching agents such as nitric acid or sulphuric acid
    • Mercury switches
    • Paints, varnishes, stains and wood preservatives
    • Paint supplies, such as white spirit, paint stripper, paint thinner, brush cleaner, brush softener, benzene
    • Hydrochloric acid


    • Car batteries
    • Petrol
    • Motor oil, used oil, brake fluid
    • Oil filters
    Small chemical waste does not include
    But what is it then?
    Light fittings Electrical appliances
    Cosmetics, such as nail polish and nail polish remover Miscellaneous waste
    Painted or preserved wood Wood waste (category B)
    Copper and silver polish Miscellaneous waste
    Empty bottles of ammonia, methylated spirits (if there is any left in the bottle, however, it is classified as small chemical waste) PMD
    Empty bottles of bleach, disinfectant (if there is any left in the bottle, however, it is classified as small chemical waste) Miscellaneous waste
    Empty aerosol cans (e.g. deodorant or hairspray) Miscellaneous waste
    Quick descaler

    Empty: PMD
    Some left in  bottle: Miscellaneous waste

    Stain remover Miscellaneous waste

    In the Environmental App you will find a handy, comprehensive waste separation guide. This yes or no list shows where each type of waste belongs.

  • In the past, small chemical waste products bore the KCA logo (a crossed-out wheelie bin). This logo has been discontinued, however. You will still see it on some products, but even products without the logo may be classified as small chemical waste. And to make things even more confusing, some products still have the logo but are no longer regarded as small chemical waste. To see what is or is not small chemical waste, check the above table. Still not sure? Then download the Environmental App. It has a handy waste separation guide showing where each type of waste belongs.

  • Disposing of empty small chemical waste packaging

    Empty small chemical waste packaging should be disposed of with your small chemical waste. Examples include empty bottles of white spirit, benzene and paint brush cleaner. Even the smallest bit of residue can contaminate PMD waste. Empty paint cans (or cans with some dried residue) may be deposited in the metal container at the recycling centre.  

  • Never put small chemical waste out on the street. Not only can this be harmful to the environment, but it can also lead to hazardous situations, for example if children or pets should touch it (accidentally).