Household chemicals are hazardous and should never be put in your recycling or garbage bin at home. If chemical waste is not handled correctly, it can have a serious impact on the environment. Household chemicals should be disposed of responsibly through specialised recycling and safe disposal services.
Household chemicals should never be put on the kerb for council collection or poured on the ground, down the drain or toilet, or into sewers. Chemicals that are disposed of improperly can make their way into the environment, putting wildlife, waterways, and human health at risk.
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/bottles
- fluorescent tubes and globes
Most councils will accept these items at designated collection points, however, it may vary. Please check with your council beforehand to find out what items can be taken to their listed depot or chemical clean-up day.