Problem Wastes

Problem wastes are items that should not be placed in your household bins as they have toxic materials that can cause harm to the environment and human health, and valuable non-renewable resources that can be recovered for reuse.

Read on to find out how to correctly and conveniently dispose of household problem waste.

Community Recycling Stations

Drop off your problem waste for FREE all year round at select libraries and facilities.  Only small household quantities accepted due to space restrictions.

City Administration Building, Newcastle Museum, Wallsend Library:


City, New Lambton, Beresfield and Stockton Libraries:

Batteries, eye glasses and x-rays can be dropped off at City, New Lambton, Beresfield and Stockton libraries.

Community Recycling Centre

Drop off your problem waste for FREE all year round at Summerhill Waste Management Centre. Remember to wear closed shoes e.g. joggers or boots.  Only household quantities accepted, up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a single item (except e-waste, see conditions below).

Examples of accepted problem waste items at the Community Recycling Centre at Summerhill are paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, Fluoro globes, Batteries, car batteries, smoke detectors, e-waste*, motor oils, other oils, x-rays, Mobile phones, Mobile phone batteries, ink cartridges, and eye glasses.
*e-waste free for Newcastle residents only, proof of residence required, limit 10 items per Newcastle household.  list of acceptable e-waste items.

Household Chemical CleanOut Events

Drop off your household chemicals for FREE at a Chemical CleanOut Event near you. Visit to find out when upcoming Household Chemical CleanOut Events are being held.

Only household quantities accepted, up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a single item.

Problem wastes such as paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, fluorescent tubes, car batteries, smoke detectors, motor oils and cooking oils are also accepted at Chemical CleanOut Events.

Examples of household chemicals you can take to a chemical cleanout event are pool chemicals, garden chemicals, household cleaners, hobby chemicals, and poisons. 

Visit the  Problem Waste FAQs page for more information on Household Problem Waste and Chemicals and their disposal.

EPA, Household Chemical CleanOut and Community Recycling Centre Logos

Household Chemicals CleanOuts, Community Recycling Centres and Stations are provided by the EPA and City of Newcastle and are a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative funded from the waste levy. These services are free for all NSW residents unless expressly stated.

Safe sharps and medicines

  • Return medicines to your local pharmacy.
  • Visit for disposal locations.

Other items

  • Return ammunition to your local police station or arms dealer.
  • Flares (expired) – An annual collection is organised by Roads and Maritime Services.
  • Hearing Aids can be recycled through Lions Recycle for Sight program.

Other Recycling Programs

  • Recycle your mobile phone at an Australia Post store at a Mobile Muster drop off at your local bank or phone store.
  • Drop off used or empty laser and inkjet printer cartridges at participating Australia Post, Officeworks, JB Hi-Fi and Cartridge World stores.
  • Go to for more e-waste drop off points.

Businesses and Schools

Find out where to recycle business and school waste, visit or enquire with a commercial waste operator.