Paint, chemicals and hazardous waste

There are a range of items that cannot be collected through any of your bins for safety and environmental reasons.

Hazardous waste

These include:

Read below for ways to dispose of these items.

Paint, chemicals and hazardous waste

At the Chemical CleanOut days the following items can be disposed of free of charge:

  • Paint and paint-related products
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Motor oils and fuels
  • Other oils (eg cooking oil)
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Household batteries
  • Car batteries
  • Pool and hobby chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs and tubes

To find out when the next day is scheduled visit the Chemical CleanOut website.

EPA logo 

The Chemical CleanOut is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy. Visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au.

Alternatively, your nearest Waste Management Centre may accept chemicals for a fee. For more information visit the SUEZ website or phone 1300 651 116.

Hornsby Shire Council is also participating in an Australia-wide campaign to raise awareness of the national security risks posed by some everyday chemicals. For more information visit www.chemicalsecurity.gov.au.

Needles and medical sharps

Needles and sharps waste must never be placed in street litter bins, domestic garbage or recycling bins. They must never be left in any public place.

If you discover a needle or syringe in a public place, contact the NSW Health Needle Clean-Up Hotline immediately on 1800 633 353.

You can safely dispose of needles at many pharmacies throughout Hornsby Shire. The free service accepts medical lancets, syringes and pen needles. However, the sharps items will only be accepted when presented in a sharps disposal container or a puncture-proof container with a screw-top lid.

To find your nearest sharps disposal location visit Safe Sharps or Community Sharps.


Medicines

Local pharmacies safely dispose of your unwanted and out-of-date medicines free of charge. Once collected, unwanted medicines are securely transported to central depots where they are safely destroyed, with minimal impact to the environment. Don’t let your unwanted medicines become a danger to your household, the community or the environment — dispose of them correctly.

For more information phone 1300 650 835 or visit the National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines website.

Why not try non-toxic cleaning?

Non-toxic cleaning is an easy way to reduce the number of chemicals in your home. It can have a positive impact on your family’s health and make your home a safer place to live, while reducing your impact on the environment. Natural cleaning agents are generally a fraction of the cost of commercially produced cleaners and can clean and disinfect to meet hospital standards.

Further reading:

Non Toxic Cleaning Workshop Handbook



The little book of low chemical options for you and your home