Household Chemical CleanOut

Household Chemical CleanOut events help you to safely dispose of a range of potentially hazardous household chemicals, such as cleaning products and garden pesticides, which could cause harm to human health and the environment if placed in your kerbside waste bins or poured down the drain.

The events are free for all NSW residents to use and are held at various locations on specified dates throughout the year. Our next event in Newcastle is outlined below.

What can I take to a Chemical CleanOut event?

You can drop off household quantities of:

  • Paint*
  • Paint-related products (e.g.. paint strippers, paint removers, solvent)
  • Motor oils*
  • Cooking oils*
  • Gas bottles*
  • Fire extinguishers*
  • Car batteries*
  • 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
  • Motor fuels
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals.

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

* The marked products are also accepted at the Summerhill Community Recycling Centre.

When is the next Chemical CleanOut event?

The next event in Newcastle will take place on:

Date: Saturday, 30 October 2021
Time: 9am to 3.30pm
Location: Newcastle (Tighes Hill) TAFE: Student car park, 266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill (opposite Henry Street)

You can keep abreast of the dates and locations of all upcoming Household Chemical CleanOut events online. Hunter residents can make use of any of these events, free of charge.

Who can use the service?

The service is free of charge for all NSW residents to dispose of household quantities of chemicals. Business-related and commercial quantities of chemicals are not accepted.

For commercial chemical disposal, please enquire with a commercial waste operator or visit the Business Recycling website. Local operators include Toxfree on 02 4987 7022 and Transpacific Industries on 02 4920 1042. Please note, fees may apply to use these services.

How should I store and transport my unwanted chemicals?

Handle and transport all chemicals carefully by:

  • Never mix chemicals as this may produce dangerous reactions
  • Wherever possible, keep all chemicals in their original containers
  • Ensuring 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 liquid securely in newspaper, place in sturdy plastic bags and then in plastic buckets or trays
  • Keeping household chemicals away from passengers, for example, by placing them in the boot of your car.

For more information

Household Chemical CleanOut events are supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA's Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the Waste Levy.

For further information about the service, and other upcoming events across the Hunter, visit or call the Environment Line on 131 555.