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Have you ever wondered what to do with those unwanted, out-of-date or disused household chemicals kept in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed?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. In addition, many of these materials can be recycled or reused, so not only are you helping to reduce waste and pollution, you are also helping in resource recovery efforts. Drop-off centres will accept household quantities up to a maximum 20 litres or 20 kilograms except for paints and varnishes where up to 100 litres are accepted in maximum container sizes of 20 litres or 20kg.

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.

 

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

PLEASE HANDLE AND TRANSPORT CHEMICALS CAREFULLY:

  • 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

Important

Please note this is NOT a mobile pick up service.
THIS COLLECTION IS FOR HOUSEHOLDS ONLY.
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.

PLEASE HANDLE CHEMICALS WITH CAUTION AND DO NOT MIX.

Upcoming Chemical Collections on the Central Coast will be held at:

All 2020 events are finalised for the year.

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.

The Central Coast events are on:

  • Friday 27th November 2020
    • Norah Head Boat Ramp 7.30am – 9am
    • Gosford Boat Ramp 1pm – 2.30pm
  • Friday 15th January 2021
    • Norah Head Boat Ramp 7.30am – 9am
    • Gosford Boat Ramp 1pm – 2.30pm
  • Friday 16th April 2021
    • Norah Head Boat Ramp 7.30am – 9am
    • Gosford Boat Ramp 2.30pm – 4.30pm

​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?