Detox your home for free at the biannual Chemical CleanOut

Date posted: 21 August 2017

Lake Macquarie and Hunter residents can clean out their garages, garden sheds and laundry cupboards and dispose of any unwanted household chemicals at Lake Macquarie City Council’s Household Chemical CleanOut at Belmont TAFE on Saturday 2 September from 9am-3.30pm.

Council’s Manager Sustainability, Alice Howe, said Chemical CleanOut is a popular way for residents to dispose of potentially harmful household chemicals in a safe and environmentally responsible way, and this is the first time it is being held on the eastern side of the lake.

“Last year, almost 58 tonnes of potentially harmful waste was collected through two Chemical CleanOut events in Lake Macquarie,” Dr Howe said.

“Chemical CleanOut is a free service and provides residents with the opportunity to dispose of many household chemicals that are hazardous and must not be disposed of through Council’s kerbside waste collection service.

“Everyday household items such as paints and paint-related products, pesticides, motor oils, poisons, cleaning fluids and pool chemicals contain toxic substances that can be harmful to the environment, particularly when disposed of inappropriately.

“Please remember to transport household chemicals carefully. Never mix chemicals as this may produce dangerous reactions, and always keep chemicals in their original labelled containers. Only household quantities of waste will be accepted and are limited to 20kg in weight or 20L maximum container size.”

The event is funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority and promoted by Lake Macquarie City Council. For more information and a full list of accepted items, call the Environment Line on 131 555 or visit

Chemical CleanOut

When: Saturday 2 September

Time: 9am-3.30pm

Where: Belmont TAFE, Gen Street, Belmont

Page last updated: 21 August 2017