How to dispose of cleaning products

Businesses in the UK have a legal responsibility to contain any waste products safely and dispose of them in line with the regulations set out in the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This includes discarded cleaning materials and sanitising products.

Knowing how to dispose of cleaning products is very important, as cleaning chemicals can cause serious harm to human health and the environment.

This is why commercial cleaning products must be disposed of safely and legally. Failing to follow the recommended guidelines can result in fines and prosecution.

If your business uses sanitising products, then here is everything you need to know about the safe disposal of cleaning chemicals.

Identify if a cleaning product is hazardous

Businesses that use cleaning chemicals must conduct a risk assessment to identify whether a cleaning product is classed as hazardous. Hazardous waste is categorised into three key areas: always hazardous, never hazardous, or may or may not be hazardous. Cleaning supplies containing toxic ingredients must be disposed of with extra care and caution.

You can find out whether your industrial cleaning supplies are classed as hazardous by reading the labels on the back of your sanitising products to check their CLP classification. The UK guidelines on hazardous waste will also give you advice on how to dispose of hazardous cleaning chemicals safely and legally.

Empty drums of toxic chemical waste

Hire an authorised waste contractor

Any cleaning materials that are classed as hazardous, e.g. corrosive cleaning items and flammables, must never be poured down the drain as they can contaminate water supplies and cause serious harm to human health, wildlife, and the environment. They must, therefore, be disposed of through a professional hazardous waste collection and disposal company.

Businesses must hire an authorised waste contractor to collect and dispose of hazardous cleaning solutions and sanitising products. Make sure that the waste company you choose is authorised to handle your unwanted or unused cleaning chemicals. You can visit the GOV.UK website for more information on local hazardous waste disposal services.

Reduce cleaning product waste

If you’re buying cleaning solutions for your business, then you should only purchase what you need and use all of the cleaning product to reduce waste. Adopting sustainable practices will save your business money on industrial cleaning supplies, increase your bottom line, and reduce environmental pollution.

Byotrol 4-in-1 MP Cleaner

Choose multi-purpose cleaning solutions

Buying multi-purpose cleaning items will also help you avoid unnecessary waste as the cleaning product can be used in various applications. This will eliminate the need to buy large quantities of different cleaning supplies and sanitising products.

Our Byotrol 4 in 1 antiviral disinfectant is a multi-purpose surface cleaner that kills 99.99% of known bacteria and viruses and provides 24-hour lasting protection. This innovative antiviral disinfectant can be used on all hard surfaces including stainless steel, tiles, walls, and floors, as well as carpets, furnishings, and upholstery.

At Ultima, we sell a wide selection of industrial cleaning supplies and pro-clean products. Our comprehensive range of cleaning items includes surface cleaner, floor cleaning products, disinfectants for coronavirus, and specialist cleaning equipment. You can buy cleaning products online and have items delivered directly to your business facility by visiting the Ultima Store.

Byotrol Surface Sanitiser
Byotrol Suface Sanitiser


Reading the labels on the back of your cleaning solutions is the easiest way to get advice on how to dispose of a particular cleaning product safely. The government’s guidelines on hazardous waste disposal can also give you extra advice and guidance.

If you find yourself in a position where you need to dispose of cleaning supplies, then make sure you know the best practices to follow for the safe disposal of cleaning chemicals. Always contact your local council or a professional waste collection and disposal company if you are unsure of your responsibilities.

Get in touch with our cleaning specialists if you have any questions about how to dispose of commercial cleaning chemicals and sanitation products safely and legally. Our team is always happy to help.

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