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Household Chemical CleanOut

Chemical Waste

Don't throw household chemicals in the garbage, incinerator, down drains or sinks, down toilets or outside in the gully traps. They can harm your family and the environment. 

Dispose of your old chemicals safely by taking them to a free Household Chemical CleanOut drop-off event.

City of Ryde partners with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to host a Household Chemical CleanOut event for residents. CleanOut events are hosted by different Councils around Sydney throughout the year.

See the Household Chemical CleanOut website for upcoming CleanOut events in each Council area.

What can I drop off?

Household quantities - 20kg or 20 litres max container size - of the following materials are accepted:

  • solvents and household cleaners
  • floor care products
  • ammonia based cleaners
  • fluorescent light globes and tubes
  • car batteries
  • motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • paint and paint related products
  • pesticides and herbicides
  • poisons
  • gas bottles
  • fire extinguishers
  • pool chemicals
  • hobby chemicals
  • acids and alkalis

Materials with the following logos are accepted: 

Handle and transport chemicals carefully

  • Never mix chemicals as this may produce dangerous reactions
  • Wherever possible keep all chemicals in their original containers
  • Ensure containers are clearly labelled and well sealed - if you do not know the contents, label the container 'UNKNOWN CHEMICAL'
  • Liquid can leak during transport
    • wrap containers holding liquids securely in newspaper
    • place in sturdy plastic bags and then plastic buckets or trays
  • Keep household chemicals away from passengers - eg. in the boot.

Find out more

For more information on the Household Chemical CleanOut program call the Environment Line 131 555 or visit

Household Chemical CleanOut is an Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) program that has be running in partnership with local Councils since March 2003.

Last updated on 20 November 2017