Hazardous waste, paint and chemicals

Collection of household paint, oils and aerosols from the Lake Macquarie Community Recycling Centre has been temporarily impacted. The temporary impact to operations is due to a fire at the chemical storage facility in Sydney where the problem wastes are transferred for safe treatment and recovery. While this issue is being resolved, the collection contractor – engaged by the NSW Environment Protection Authority – is unable to attend the CRC to pick up paint, oils and aerosols. At this stage we are not able to accept any paint, oils and aerosols. Other problem waste items can still be dropped off. Customers are asked to safely store their paint, oils and aerosols until the CRC can return to normal operations.

What is hazardous waste?

  • explosive, flammable, toxic or corrosive waste, such as petrol, diesel and alcohol
  • oxidising agents and organic pesticides
  • pharmaceuticals, poisons, clinical, cytotoxic and sharps waste
  • chemical waste subject to control under the Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals Act 1985
  • radioactive material
  • contaminated soils such as acid sulphate soils
  • liquid waste of any nature, whether contained or not, such as beer or dairy products
  • any soluble acid or alkali acidic and basic compounds
  • human tissue or body waste
  • whole tyres, less than 1.2 metres in diameter
  • any other material classified as unsuitable for disposal at a Solid Waste Landfill Class 1 Facility

Disposing of paint

  • Paint can be disposed of in your household garbage bin, provided it has first been dried out. You can do this by pouring the paint onto kitty litter or newspaper.
  • Dry, empty paint tins can be disposed of in your household recycling bin.
  • Unwanted paint can also be disposed of, free of charge, at the Community Recycling Centre at the Awaba Waste Management Facility or at biannual Chemical CleanOut events.

Disposing of solvents, cleaners, pesticides and other hazardous waste

You can dispose of other hazardous material at biannual Chemical CleanOut events. Accepted waste includes:

  • solvents and household cleaners
  • floor care products
  • ammonia-based cleaners
  • fluorescent globes and tubes
  • car batteries
  • motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • paint and paint-related products
  • pesticides and herbicides
  • poisons
  • gas bottles
  • fire extinguishers
  • pool chemicals
  • hobby chemicals
  • acids and alkalis