Fire causes temporary disruption to Community Recycling Centres and Household Chemical Cleanouts

The collection of household chemical and hazardous waste items from Community Recycling Centres has resumed but we are asking the community and councils to be patient as there may be some delays or disruptions as Cleanaway gets things back up and running and clears the backlog of outstanding items.

Last week Cleanaway advised the EPA it was unable to collect some waste such as paints and oils, from Community Recycling Centres and Household Chemical Cleanout events, following a fire at its recycling facility in St Marys in western Sydney.

Cleanaway has now identified temporary solutions, which will allow collection of impacted waste items to resume.

To see if your local recycling centre is impacted visit your council’s website. Cleanaway has advised upcoming Cleanout events will be serviced and can go ahead as planned.

The fire, at a Cleanaway facility in St Mary’s in late April, impacted a specialised piece of equipment used to process waste, including paint. Cleanaway believes it will take a minimum of three months to repair the machine.

Some councils chose to continue collecting some types of waste, other councils closed due to the disruption to Cleanaway’s collection services.

Impacted waste items included:

  • flammable and water-based paint
  • flammable solvents
  • aerosols
  • other automotive/household items

The EPA directed Cleanaway to get its services back up and running as soon as possible. Cleanaway is actively looking for alternative transport, storage, and processing options to manage the impacted community waste streams.

Councils have been notified and will provide regular updates. Members of the public should contact their local council to find out if their Centre has been impacted and for more information

Visit to find your local Community Recycling Centre.