It is important to dispose of chemical waste appropriately as they can have a serious impact on the environment if not handled correctly and can be hazardous if placed in the waste or recycling bins.
Keep these out of your waste and recycling bin
Household chemical waste and hazardous materials include:
- household cleaners,
- automotive products
- garden chemicals
- pool cleaners
- gas canisters
- Fluoro tubes and globes
Please check with your council prior to dropping off materials if the materials are actually accepted at their listed depot or they may offer a chemical clean up day.
The ACT Government has some information on how to dispose of household chemicals and what's accepted on their Hazardous Waste page.
What to do with other chemicals or hazardous waste
Asbestos: As asbestos is classed as a hazardous material it may only be disposed of at certain locations in Australia. To find out how to safely dispose of asbestos visit the asbestos section on this site.
Medicines: Old and unwanted medicines around the home are a household hazard and can be dangerous if taken when they are out-of-date, not prescribed for you or within reach of children. To find out how to safely dispose of unwanted and out-of-date medicines visit the medicine section on this site.
Farm chemicals: These can be disposed of through the ChemClear Program.