Household Chemicals


Do you have household chemicals at home and don't know what to do with them?

You may not know it, but around your home, shed or garage you could be collecting unwanted household chemicals or problem waste such as paints, batteries, gas bottles, fluorescent globes and tubes and smoke detectors.

These items cannot go into the general recycling or kerbside garbage collection, however most of them can be recycled into new materials if disposed of correctly at a designated CleanOut event or Community Recycling Centre.

Community Recycling Centres

Common household problem wastes, including fluorescent lights, smoke detectors, paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, batteries and oils, can be taken to your local Community Recycling Centre.

These centres are open year-round and are free to use. Centres across Sydney are currently being established.

Household Chemical CleanOut

The safest way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event. These events are free services held across Sydney and NSW on specified dates.
If not disposed of safely, these items can cause harm to human health and the environment. You can take household quantities up to a max of 20 litres or 20 kilograms per item. A full list of accepted materials is below:
  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Motor fuels
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Acids and alkalis
  • 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
Please inquire with a commercial waste operator or visit for commercial waste disposal.


Brochures in languages

Household Chemical CleanOut


Audio podcasts in languages

Click HERE to access to interviews with our bilingual educators explaining what to do with your unwanted household chemicals. 

Available in: Arabic and Vietnamese

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