Project Status: When you need to do this
What you need to do
Find a drop-off location and date that suits you
To find drop-off locations and dates, visit the Household Chemical CleanOut website or call the NSW environment line on 131 555.
We'll be hosting a Household Chemical CleanOut event on Saturday 9 October from 9am to 3.30pm at Alexandra Canal Depot, 67C Bourke Road, Alexandria NSW 2015. Everyone is welcome, even if you don’t live in our area.
Transport your items carefully
Bring your items in the boot and seal them tight. Don’t mix anything and if you don’t know the contents, just label the item as ‘unknown chemical’.
You must stay in your vehicle at the drop-off site – an attendant will come to you. People walking or riding can access a separate drop-off area.
If you’re a building manager or have a lot of waste
Please contact us to discuss quantities for drop-off.
Before you start
Work out what you can and can’t bring to a chemical drop-off event.
What you can bring
- solvents and household cleaners
- paints and thinners
- pesticides and herbicides
- pool chemicals
- motor oils, fuels and fluids
- acids and alkalis
- car batteries
- household batteries and light globes (these can also be recycled at our customer service centres and libraries at any time or by booking a power pickup with RecycleSmart)
- hobby chemicals such as photographic chemicals
- printer ink and toner cartridges
- gas bottles
- fire extinguishers
- fluorescent lamps
- smoke alarms
- cooking oils.
Only household quantities are accepted. Business-related and commercial quantities are not accepted. The maximum container size is 20kg or 20L per item, except for paint. Up to 100L in 20L containers of paint is accepted.
What you can’t bring
Other household items including electronics, textiles, garden organics, furniture, whitegoods, metals and more are not accepted at Household Chemical CleanOut events. Recycle these at the next Recycle It Saturday drop-off event, book a pick-up, or book a power pickup with RecycleSmart.
After you finish
Many chemicals collected on the day are recycled while others are treated for safe disposal. 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’re 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 metal is put back into the recycling system.