Hazardous household waste
What do we deposit and where?
The following should be deposited among hazardous waste:
- old car batteries;
- colours and solvents;
- oils and fats;
- detergents and cosmetic products containing hazardous substances;
- medicinal products;
- neon tubes;
all items labelled with a symbol for hazardous substances and their packaging.
Hazardous waste is accepted at the headquarters of Snaga on Povšetova ulica (each business day between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.). You can also deposit it at the Barje Collection Centre, while the third option is the special movable collection unit you can find at different scheduled locations in MOL from spring till autumn.
Used batteries can also be disposed of at different stores, trading centres and post offices.
Why is it so important to separately collect hazardous waste?
Great damage can be done if hazardous waste is not deposited properly, such as poisoning of the environment and endangering our own health as well as that of other people. Batteries, detergent and paint packaging and pesticides can significantly pollute groundwater, which is the source of our drinking water. A battery, for example, transfers the heavy metals it contains (cadmium, chromium and nickel) to non-hazardous waste. Therefore, hazardous household waste must never be deposited together with other household waste.
Movable collection unit for hazardous waste
Since December 2010, Snaga has been using a new vehicle for collecting hazardous waste as well as small waste electrical and electronic equipment. This movable container is equipped with a multimedia information system used for retrieving and transmitting data, user identification, waste weighing and storing information, while it also supports the collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
The movable collection unit is divided into three parts, namely the section for collecting hazardous household waste, the section for collecting small items of waste electrical and electronic equipment (small household appliances, telephones, audio and TV sets, computer equipment) and a 5 m2 large area for affixing containers or metallic bath tubes or for using as an area for the temporary storage of collected waste.
Movable collection unit for hazardous household waste.
Where does hazardous waste go?
Hazardous waste is always taken over by qualified personnel who take care of its adequate handling. Some dangerous waste is processed into secondary fuel for cement factories (oil and diluents) and other waste is burned (medical products, plant protection products) while acids are neutralised and batteries recycled.
Hazardous substances and their markings
Hazardous substances are those substances that have at least one characteristic that is considered hazardous. These characteristics are: explosive, radioactive, oxidising, flammable, toxic, corrosive, irritant, carcinogenic, mutagenic, harmful to the environment etc.