Creosote has not been available to buy since 30 June 2003. Stored creosote must not be used by householders and should have been disposed of safely and responsibly by 31 June 2004. This change in the law is because creosote has been found to be carcinogenic.

Creosote use

Creosote-treated timber is no longer used inside buildings, toys, playgrounds, garden furniture, packaging of human and animal consumables (including growing containers), or in any item which may receive frequent skin contact. Provided there is no risk of frequent skin contact it is acceptable to keep already treated wood in the garden. 

Creosote disposal

Residents should take their unused creosote to one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres. It will need to be disposed of in the hazardous chemical store.

Only household chemicals will be accepted.

Retailers should contact the Environment Agency for disposal of their stock.