Chemical CleanOut

Recycling

I want to...

  • Find my collection day
  • Book a pick-up
  • Replace or repair my bin
  • Report a missed collection
  • Recycle e-waste

Any leftover household chemicals you have at home – including paints, solvents, pesticides and even cleaning products – shouldn’t be put in your household bins. 

Instead drop them off at a Household Chemical CleanOut event. This NSW Government program is a FREE service to safely disposal of common household chemicals. If not disposed of correctly, these potentially hazardous materials could cause harm to human health and the environment.


Chemical CleanOut events

Collection events are held at various locations in NSW throughout the year and are open to all NSW residents. To find locations and dates for a drop-off event near you, visit the Household Chemical CleanOut website or call the NSW Environment Line on 131 555.


What I can bring

  • solvents and household cleaners
  • paints and thinners
  • pesticides and herbicides
  • poisons
  • aerosols
  • pool chemicals
  • motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • acids and alkalis
  • car batteries
  • household batteries and light globes (these can also be recycled at the City’s customer service centres or libraries at any time)
  • hobby chemicals such as photographic chemicals
  • gas bottles
  • fire extinguishers
  • fluorescent lamps
  • smoke alarms
  • cosmetics and skincare.

Only household (not commercial) quantities of the above listed household chemicals and items are accepted. The maximum container size is 20kg or 20L.

Building managers please write to council@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au to discuss quantities for drop-off.

What I can't bring

E-waste is not accepted at Household Chemical CleanOut events. Recycle these at the next e-waste drop off day or book a pick-up.

Please transport your items carefully and stay in your vehicle at the drop-off site – an attendant will come to you.

Next stop for the chemicals

Many chemicals collected on the day are recycled while others are treated for safe disposal. There are a number of processes, depending on the type of waste. For example:

  • Paint is mixed with other solvents and used in cement manufacturing while the metal containers are recycled.
  • Gas cylinders have any remaining gas taken out while the steel in the bottle is recycled. However, many of the bottles are returned to the hire market – so they are reused rather than recycled.
  • Lead, acid and plastic in batteries are recovered and recycled.
  • Fluoro tubes, which contain mercury, are crushed to isolate the phosphor powder from the glass. This powder is processed to capture any mercury, which is then sold for a range of industrial uses while the leftover glass and metals is put back into the recycling system.

This is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy. NSW EPA Household Chemical CleanOut

 

Last updated: Monday, 26 August 2019