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National Household Hazardous Waste Forum

Established in 1993, the National Household Hazardous Waste Forum (NHHWF) is an online forum that aims to find practical solutions to the many problems associated with the management of household hazardous waste (HHW), including collection, recycling and safe disposal. Focusing on domestic waste, the Forum also considers municipal hazardous waste including that arising from small quantity generators in the commercial sector.

According the Forum of HHW "any material discarded by a household which is difficult to dispose of or which puts human health or the environment at risk because of its chemical or biological nature".

The NHHWF is unique in its' multi-sector membership including:

  • Raw material suppliers ;
  • Manufacturing and packaging companies ;
  • Trade associations ;
  • Retailers ;
  • Local authorities ;
  • Waste management and equipment companies ;
  • Water utilities ;
  • Waste regulators ;
  • Institutions and voluntary organisations .

The Forum provides the following services:

  • Informs members about developments in the field of HHW ;
  • Undertakes specific research into HHW issues and develops new ways of managing HHW ;
  • Engages in constructive dialogue with government departments, industry associations and non-governmental bodies ;

The Forum welcomes any policies which reduce the arisings of household hazardous wastes either through substitution, minimisation or recycling. The NHHWF notes that it's members wish to contribute to sustainable development in the UK. NHHWF members are waste producers, waste regulators and waste managers. The members want to contribute to the responsible management of HHW but can only do it where there is certainty in the regulation and legislation and the funding to deliver.