How do I dispose of unwanted chemicals from my home?

Learn how to safely dispose of common household chemicals such as oil and fertiliser and find a drop off location near you

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March 11, 2020

Highlights

Cleanaway partners with local councils to collect and dispose of unwanted chemicals through mobile drop off events

Highlights

Cleanaway partners with local councils to collect and dispose of unwanted chemicals through mobile drop off events

Hazardous chemicals leftover in your back shed, garage and cupboards typically don’t take up a lot of space, which means they are often forgotten. When left lying around, these dangerous chemicals are a potential fire hazard, pose a poisoning risk to animals and children, and can damage the environment when spilled or leaked.

For these reasons, unwanted household chemicals should always be disposed of responsibly and not through your kerbside bin or during hard waste collection days.

What are hazardous household chemicals?

Any home, garden, pool and garage products with a ‘corrosive’, ‘oxidising agent’, ‘toxic’ or ‘flammable’ label are considered hazardous and should be collected and disposed of by a regulated hazardous chemical waste disposal service. Common household items include (not limited to):

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Motor oils, fuels and cooking oils
  • Paint and paint-related products
  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Pool chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Gas bottles
  • Pesticides and herbicides

How to dispose of unwanted chemicals from your home

Many councils across Australia regularly organise free household chemical waste drop off events in addition to permanent drop off sites at community recycling centres and selected resource recovery facilities.

Cleanaway partners with local councils to collect and dispose of unwanted chemicals at our facilities and through mobile drop off events such as the Detox Your Home initiative in Victoria, Household Chemical CleanOut in NSW and the Household Hazardous Waste Program in WA.

Materials accepted at these events may vary so be sure to check with your local council or EPA authority for disposal options available. Typically, each container of material dropped off should not exceed 20kgs or litres. Any more would require a dedicated chemical collection and disposal service. Businesses should also contact a hazardous waste disposal service directly.

Find an upcoming Detox Your Home event near you and learn more about Cleanaway’s hazardous waste management capabilities.

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