Paint, cooking oil, gas bottles, pool and hobby chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, old medicines, syringes, X-rays: it’s all hazardous waste and we need your help to keep it out of the environment. Please dispose of hazardous waste safely – you might be surprised how much can be recycled. 

Household Chemicals

Chemical CleanOut events, held a couple of times a year on the Northern Beaches, are great opportunities to keep hazardous household chemicals that could harm you or the environment out of landfill. See when the next one’s coming up.

What You Can Take to a Chemical CleanOut Event

It’s a long list:

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

Household Batteries

Batteries contain toxic elements like nickel, cadmium, alkalis, mercury, nickel metal hydride and lead acid that can leak into the environment, so please don’t put them in regular garbage. You can take them to Council Customer Service Centres, Aldi Supermarkets or Battery World (5 Mitchell Road, Brookvale or 87 Darley Street, Mona Vale) for recycling.

Mobile Phones

You’re never going to use that outdated mobile again, so recycle it. Take any old mobile phones and accessories to your nearest Council Customer Service Centre. Or, take them along to a Mobile Muster drop-off location.

Unwanted or Out-of-date Medicines

Old medicines have the potential to pollute our waterways and cause poisoning. If you have any sitting at home, take them with you next time you go to a pharmacy. Find out more from the Return Unwanted Medicines Group.

Syringes and Other Sharps

Please don’t put sharps (anything that could puncture the skin), in recycling or garbage bins:

Secure them in a strong puncture resistant container (e.g. Australian Standard Sharps container) and take them to an authorised collection point such as a hospital, or Locate a secure disposal point.


X-ray film contains silver in the form of halides, which can be extracted and converted into pure silver. You can drop off unwanted X-ray film at Quantum Technical Services, 2/10 Rodborough Rd, Frenchs Forest, Mon–Fri 9am–4pm. There are other options on how to dispose of X-rays at

Dialysis Waste

If you have dialysis treatment at home, no materials used are suitable for recycling except for clean, flattened cardboard packaging that can go into your blue bin. The rest should be disposed of according to instructions as household garbage.

Chemical Waste Safety Tips

It’s important to store and transport chemicals carefully.

  • Try to keep chemicals in their original containers. Never mix them.
  • Clearly label containers (with “unknown chemical” if necessary) and seal them.
  • Wrap containers holding liquids in newspaper, place in sturdy plastic bags, then pack in plastic buckets or trays.
  • Keep household chemicals away from passengers, say, in the boot of the car.