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Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Waste and recycling

Disposing of household chemicals

The safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event. CleanOut is a free service for the safe disposal of a range of household chemicals that could cause harm to human health and the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.

CleanOut events are held at locations throughout NSW on specified dates throughout the year.

What can I take to a Household Chemical CleanOut event?

You can take household quantities of the following household chemicals and items –
up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a single item.

You can take these items to a Household Chemical CleanOut event:

  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis

You can take these items to either a Household Chemical CleanOut event, or to a Community Recycling Centre:

  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Smoke detectors
  • Paint and paint-related products
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Car and household batteries
  • Motor oils and cooking oils

Business-related and commercial quantities of chemicals are not accepted.

Who can use this service?

CleanOut events held in the Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter regions are open to all NSW residents, unless expressly stated.

CleanOut events in regional NSW are organised by voluntary regional waste groups with support from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The service may be available to residents from any council area within the region, but contact the host council first to find out if restrictions apply.

Storing and transporting unwanted chemicals

Handle and transport chemicals carefully:

  • Never mix chemicals as this may produce dangerous reactions.
  • Wherever possible keep all chemicals in their original containers.
  • Ensure containers are clearly labelled and well-sealed. If you do not know the contents, label the container 'unknown chemical'.
  • Liquid can leak during transport: wrap containers holding liquids securely in newspaper, place in sturdy plastic bags and then in plastic buckets or trays.
  • Keep household chemicals away from passengers, e.g. in the boot of your car.

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Page last updated: 14 January 2015