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Environmental Issues

Waste and recycling

Disposing of household problem waste

Some items cannot be placed in your kerbside bins and require special treatment. The best way to dispose of old or unwanted problem wastes and chemicals is at the Chemical CleanOut or a Community Recycling Centre.

What are household problem wastes?

Many household products are potentially harmful, including cleaning products, paints, pool chemicals, garden products and hobby chemicals. Leftover or unwanted materials like these, referred to as ‘household problem wastes’, require special treatment and processing and cannot be placed in your bins.

NSW householders can now safely dispose of household problem wastes, free of charge, via two convenient collection systems:

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Household Chemical CleanOut

Household Chemical CleanOut is a mobile collection service for the safe disposal of a range of household chemical products, including household cleaners, pool and hobby chemicals and pesticides.

CleanOut events are held at various locations in NSW on specified dates throughout the year.

Community Recycling Centres

Community Recycling Centres are permanent drop-off facilities, open year round, for the safe disposal of selected common household problem wastes such as paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, motor and cooking oils, car and household batteries, fluorescent tubes and globes, and smoke detectors. Many of the materials collected can be recycled if they undergo special treatment and processing. Community Recycling Centres are currently being established across NSW.

Business waste

Businesses are not eligible to use these services and should contact a waste disposal service directly or visit BusinessRecycling. See Managing waste at work for more information.

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Page last updated: 22 March 2017