Hazardous Waste Disposal

Have you ever wondered what to do with those unwanted, out-of-date or disused household chemicals kept in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed? Or how to get rid of old gas bottles, marine flares and car batteries?

Don’t bin your hazardous waste! ​Hazardous waste placed in any of your three bins can cause fires in the trucks, at the recycling depot and at our landfills. They also pose a threat to our workers.

Please dispose of your hazardous waste thoughtfully and responsibly by using one of the methods listed below.

Household Chemical Clean Outs are held twice a year on the Central Coast by the Central Coast Council, in cooperation with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority.

CleanOut is a FREE service for the safe disposal of a range of common household chemicals, many of which could cause harm if not disposed correctly.

Upcoming Chemical Collections on the Central Coast will be held:

24 and 25 July 2021 – Event Park, Kangoo Road, Kariong: 9am – 3.30pm
31 July and 1 Aug 2021 – Charmhaven Works Depot, Chelmsford Rd, Charmhaven: 9am – 3.30pm

Household chemicals accepted include:

  • Paint and paint-related products (thinners, strippers, varnishes etc)
  • Pesticides, herbicides and poisons (fungicides, baits/poisons, wood preservatives)
  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • Batteries
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Hobby chemicals (photography chemicals etc)
  • Fluorescent tubes

Storage and Transportation


  • NEVER MIX CHEMICALS as this may produce dangerous reactions
  • Wherever possible, keep all chemicals in their original containers
  • Ensure containers are clearly labelled and well sealed. If you do not know the contents, label the container ‘UNKNOWN CHEMICAL’
  • Liquid can leak during transport; wrap containers holding liquids securely in newspaper, place in sturdy plastic bags and then plastic buckets or trays
  • Keep household chemicals away from passengers, e.g. in the boot


Please note this is NOT a mobile pick up service.

THIS COLLECTION IS FOR HOUSEHOLDS ONLY. Business-related and commercial quantities are not accepted at CleanOut centres – call the Environment Line at 131 555 to find out correct disposal for businesses.

A maximum of 20 litres or 20kg per item applies except for paints and varnishes where up to 100 litres are accepted in maximum container sizes of 20 litres or 20kg.


For more details please call the EPA Environment Line on 131 555 or visit the CleanOut website.

Marine Flares cannot be disposed of in any of your household bins. They pose a serious risk to our collection drivers and processing staff if they were to ignite whilst being collected.

​You can safely dispose of your old flares at one of the Roads and Maritime collections in November, January and April. Most flares have a use-by date of three years, and they must be replaced before the expiry date.

Roads and Maritime have a collection program for the safe disposal of expired flares.

​Please store expired flares in a safe location in your home until the next disposal program is available in your area, visit the Roads and Maritime website for further information.

Have you checked our handy A-Z Waste Disposal and Recycling Guide to see if your hazardous item is listed?