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Household Chemicals

collection of old chemical tins

To safely eliminate chemicals in the household, Cumberland Council works in conjunction with the NSW Environment Protection Authority to provide convenient drop-off locations for unwanted materials. There will be a number of Household Chemical CleanOut events held in Sydney this year and residents can attend whichever weekend location they like.

See the dates and locations for Household Chemical CleanOut events

What can I take to a Household Chemical CleanOut event?

You can take household quantities of the following household chemicals and items – up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a single item.

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

 Tips: Only household quantities are accepted; never mix chemicals; label clearly if possible and keep safe during transportation.

Note: Paint, motor oil, car batteries, fire extinguishers and gas bottles can also be collected free of charge using the Mobile Community Recycling Service. 

Find out more

For more information on the Household Chemical CleanOut program, visit or call NSW EPA Environment Line on 131 555.

This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.