Chemical drop-off day
Hazardous household waste
Any leftover chemicals you have at home – including paints, solvents, pesticides and even cleaning products should not be put in your household bins. These might be hazardous and should be disposed of safely.
The safest approach is to take them to the annual chemical drop-off day, run by the City of Sydney and the NSW Environmental Protection Agency. Our next collection is in July 2014.
To find dates for other drop-off days, visit the Household Chemical CleanOut website or call the NSW Environment Line on 131 555.
What to bring
These chemicals and other products are accepted at CleanOuts:
- solvents and household cleaners
- paints and thinners
- pesticides and herbicides
- pool chemicals
- motor oils, fuels and fluids
- acids and alkalis
- car batteries
- household batteries
- hobby chemicals such as photographic chemicals
- gas bottles
- fire extinguishers
- fluorescent lamps
- light globes
- smoke alarms.
Only household (not commercial) quantities are accepted. The maximum container size is 20kg or 20L. Please transport your items carefully and stay in your vehicle at the drop off site – an attendant will come to you. Building managers please write to email@example.com to discuss quantities for drop-off.
Household batteries, mobiles and light bulbs can be recycled at the City’s Neighbourhood Service Centres or libraries.
Remember, computers, mobile phones, cameras and other electronic goods are not accepted at CleanOut – keep them until the next e-waste drop off day.
Next stop for the chemicals
Many chemicals collected on the day are recycled. Others need to be disposed of correctly and safely if sent to landfill because toxic elements such as mercury, cadmium and lead could leach into the environment.
Last updated: Tuesday, 28 May 2013