Chemical CleanOut

Chemical CleanOut

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 City of Sydney and the NSW Environment Protection Authority run a yearly chemical drop-off day.

Our collection is over for 2018, however other councils will be running events in Sydney.

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
  • poisons
  • aerosols
  • pool chemicals
  • motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • acids and alkalis
  • car batteries
  • household batteries/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.

A City worker holding up a jar filled with an old chemical.

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 to discuss quantities for drop-off.

Household batteries, mobiles and light bulbs can be recycled at the City’s customer service centres or libraries.

Remember, computers, mobile phones, cameras and other electronic goods are not accepted at Household Chemical 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.

This is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the Waste Levy and delivered in partnership with the City of Sydney.

Last updated: Tuesday, 21 August 2018