Hazardous waste, paint and chemicals
What is hazardous waste
- explosive, flammable, toxic and corrosive wastes such as petrol, diesel and alcohol
- oxidising agents and organic peroxides
- pharmaceuticals, poisons, clinical, cytotoxic and sharps waste
- chemical wastes subject to control under the Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals Act 1985
- radioactive material
- contaminated soils such as acid sulphate soils
- liquid wastes of any nature whether contained or not, such as beer and dairy products
- any soluble acid or alkali acidic and basic compounds
- human tissue or body wastes
- 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.
How should I dispose of unwanted paint
Paint can be disposed of in your household garbage bin, provided it has first been dried out (by using kitty litter or pouring it onto newspaper). Dry, empty paint tins can be disposed of in your household recycling bin. Unwanted paint can also be disposed of at Council's free Chemical CleanOut events, which are held twice yearly, or at the Community Recycling Centre at the Awaba Waste Management Facility.
How should I dispose of solvents, cleaners, pesticides and other hazardous waste
Council holds free Chemical CleanOut events twice a year so residents can drop off and dispose of hazardous waste.
The following materials can be dropped off at the Chemical CleanOut:
- 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
- gas bottles
- fire extinguishers
- pool chemicals
- hobby chemicals
- acids and alkalis.
How should I dispose of gas cylinders
Gas cylinders are not safe to be recycled unless they have been degassed and de-valved. Here are some easy solutions for safe disposal:
- Use a gas cylinder exchange facility or refilling depot (check your local service station).
- Return your cylinders to the supplier.
- Community Recycling Centre at Awaba Waste Management Facility (this is a free service).
- Household Chemical CleanOut days.
For more information, contact the Cleanout Info Hotline on 131 555 or view the CleanOut guide.
Page last updated: 27 October 2016