Chemicals

Wondering what to do with your unwanted cleaning products, garden chemicals, paints, gas bottles, batteries or motor oils?

You can safely dispose of them, free of charge, through your local  Community Recycling Centre,
Household Chemical CleanOut event or a select drop-off location.

Please visit the EPA website for information about what happens to the chemical wastes after they have been dropped off.
 

Community Recycling Centres

New and enhanced Community Recycling Centres are being introduced across NSW. At these centres, NSW householders can dispose of a range of common problem wastes free of charge. Centres are open year round.

The following items are accepted at all Community Recycling Centres:

  • Paint and paint-related products
  • Motor oils and cooking oils
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Car and household batteries
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fluorescent light globes and tubes.

Only household quantities of the listed materials will be accepted. Individual container sizes must not exceed 20 litres or 20 kilograms. Please remember to store and transport your chemicals carefully.

Some centres may accept additional materials. For example, household quantities of polystyrene are accepted at the  Awaba Community Recycling Centre.

For full details and to find your nearest centre, visit the  Community Recycling Centres website. Unless otherwise specified, you do not have to reside in the local government area in which a centre is located to use it.

Household Chemical CleanOut

The EPA offers a number of free household chemical drop-off days across NSW each year. Hunter residents can make use of any of these events.

The next Newcastle event will be held on:

Dates: Saturday, 18 November 2017
Time: 9am to 3.30pm
Where: Tighes Hill TAFE student car park
266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill (opposite Henry Street)


Residents can drop off household quantities of:

  • Paint and paint-related products
  • Motor oils and cooking oils
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Car and household batteries
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fluorescent light globes and tubes.
  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Pool and hobby chemicals.

Only household quantities of the listed materials will be accepted. Individual container sizes must not exceed 20 litres or 20 kilograms. Please remember to store and transport your chemicals carefully.

For further information about the service, and other upcoming events across the Hunter, visit
 cleanout.com.au or call the CleanOut Hotline on 131 555.

Community Recycling Centres and Household Chemical CleanOut events are a  NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

For the disposal of households chemicals outside of the Chemical CleanOut dates, or for commercial chemical disposal, enquire with Transpacific Industries on 4920 1042 or Toxfree on 4987 7022. Please note, fees may apply for these services.

Community Recycling Stations

Council has installed Community Recycling Stations where you can recycle household quantities of the following common problem wastes: 

  • Fluoro globes (no tubes)
  • Household batteries (no car batteries)
  • Ink cartridges
  • Mobile phones
  • Reading glasses
  • X-rays.
The Community Recycling Stations are located at:
  This free service is provided by Newcastle City Council and the NSW EPA. Only domestic quantities are permitted and items other than those listed above will not be accepted.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use a Community Recycling Station if I'm not a Newcastle City Council resident?
Yes, this free service is provided by Newcastle City Council and the NSW EPA and can be used by any NSW resident.
 
I'm from a school/small business, can I use the Community Recycling Stations?
No, it is for residential purposes only. Visit businessrecycling.com.au to find out how to recycle business problem wastes.
 
What do you class as "household quantities"?
Please use your discretion. For example; a handful of batteries, 10 light globes, five mobile phones, five reading glasses, five ink cartridges or 30 x-rays.
 
What if I have more than the suggested household quantities?
Visit cleanout.com.au or recyclingnearyou.com.au for other options.
 
What happens to the items I drop off?
  • Batteries - lead, acid and plastic are recovered and recycled.
  • Fluorescent globes - mercury is separated and sold for a range of industrial uses. The glass and metals remaining from the process are also recycled.
  • Mobile phones - recycled through MobileMuster, preventing hazardous materials from entering the environment.
  • Reading glasses - sent to third world countries through the Lion's Recycled for Sight program.
  • Ink cartridges - recycled through Close the Loop® in Melbourne. The cartridges are sent back to the manufacturer for reuse in new cartridges.
  • X-rays - processed in a refinery to extract the silver. The silver is then reused for silver solder, jewellery, electrical components and film manufacture. 
Are there other locations I can take my items to?
  • Aldi and Battery World stores accept household batteries for recycling.
  • The Calvary Mater Hospital's Radiology Department accepts X-rays for recycling.
  • All mobile retailers accept mobile phones for recycling.