Household Chemical CleanOut

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 NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) 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 - 20 kg or 20 litres max container size - of the following materials are accepted:

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

You can also drop off items with the following logos:


Note: Business-related and commercial quantities of chemicals are not accepted.

Handle and transport chemicals carefully

Transporting your materials safely to a CleanOut collection is important. Here are some top tips for safe storage and transportation:

  • Ensure containers are clearly labelled and well-sealed. If you don’t know the contents, label the container ‘UNKNOWN CHEMICAL’.
  • Wherever possible keep all chemicals in their original containers.
  • Never mix chemicals as this may produce dangerous reactions.
  • Liquid can leak during transportation. Wrap old or damaged containers in newspaper, place in a sturdy plastic bag and then in a plastic container or tray.
  • Keep household chemicals away from passengers e.g. in the boot.

Find out more

For more information on the Ryde Household CleanOut program or other CleanOut program, visit or call NSW EPA Environment Line on 131 555.

This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.