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We need your help to keep hazardous waste out of the environment. Please dispose of hazardous waste safely – you might be surprised how much can be recycled.

A to Z guide to recycling, reuse and disposal

Find out how you can dispose of just about anything in the A to Z Guide to Recycling, Reuse and Disposal.

The list includes paint, cooking oil, gas bottles, pool and hobby chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, old medicines, syringes, X-rays and many other items.

Chemical CleanOuts - household chemicals

Chemical CleanOut events are held at various times of the year on the Northern Beaches. They are great opportunities to keep hazardous household chemicals that could harm you or the environment out of landfill.

At our most recent weekend event, 2239 households brought around 79,087.5kg of chemicals.

The next scheduled Northern Beaches Chemical CleanOut event will be at Warringah Aquatic Centre car park, date to be confirmed.

Find out what you can take to a Chemical CleanOut and storing and transporting unwanted chemicals safely.

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You’re never going to use that outdated mobile again, so recycle it.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Unwanted or out-of-date medicines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 NSW Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) Outlet.

Find out more on sharps disposal options on the NSW Health website.

X-rays

You can drop off your x-rays at our customer Service offices in Avalon, Dee Why, Manly and Mona Vale or the libraries at Warringah Mall, Glen St and Forestville. The x-ray bins are in the foyer except at Dee Why customer service and the libraries where you need to hand the x-rays in to staff. 

The x-rays are sent to Victoria where the silver is extracted and converted into pure silver and the residue is used in road base.