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In Scotland, the terms special waste and hazardous waste are the same. 

Under Scottish law, special waste is any waste that is defined as hazardous by the European Hazardous Waste Directive (1991/689/EC). Special wastes are wastes that pose particular risks to human health and to the environment. They display one or more hazardous characteristics or properties, such as being explosive, highly flammable, toxic or carcinogenic.

Scottish regulations governing special waste can be found in the waste regulation pages of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) website.  

We do not offer a hazardous (special waste) collection for local businesses. However, zero waste officers can provide guidance and advice on how to deal with hazardous wastes.

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Cleaner Communities
Western Road Depot
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 554400