Paint & household chemicals

Safely dispose of unwanted, out-of-date or leftover household chemicals found in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed at collection events or permanent drop off points all around NSW. If not disposed of correctly, these potentially hazardous materials could cause harm to human health and the environment.

Look up the next Chemical CleanOut event or  find your nearest permanent drop off point.

Chemical CleanOut events

Chemical CleanOut is a NSW Government program that provides free, safe disposal for common household chemicals including*:

  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia based cleaners
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Paint and paint related products
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Smoke detectors
  • Car batteries
  • Motor oils, fuels and fluids from cars

Collection events are held at various locations in NSW throughout the year and all events are open to all NSW residents. Locations and dates can change, so please check the schedule before attending an event. Look up the next Chemical CleanOut event nearest you.

*Household quantities, up to a maximum 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a singular item, will be accepted. Business- related and commercial quantities are not accepted.

Community Recycling Centres

Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) are permanent drop off locations for problem waste items. The nearest locations is Randwick CRC, at 72 Perry Street, Matraville NSW 2036. Waverley Council residents to drop off the following items*:

  • Motor oil and other oils (cooking etc)
  • Paints (water, oil and solvent based)
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Gas bottles and fire extinguishers
  • Household and car batteries
  • Smoke detectors

*Household quantities, up to a maximum 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a singular item, will be accepted. Business related and commercial quantities are not accepted.


Paintback is an industry-led initiative to divert paint and packaging from landfill. Trade and household options are available. Find your nearest Paintback location.

Storage and transportation of chemicals

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 in plastic buckets or trays.
  • Keep household chemicals away from passengers e.g. in the boot.

For more information

Need more information?

  • Phone our Customer Service on 9083 8000
  • Email us

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