Household Chemical Collection

Household Chemical Cleanout


Every year, Liverpool City Council works with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (NSW EPA) to provide residents with a free and environmentally-safe opportunity to dispose of their unwanted household chemicals

Chemical Cleanout events are held at the Liverpool City Council Operations Centre located at 99 Rose St, Liverpool.

It's a great opportunity for residents and the community to clean out their cupboards, garages, sheds and laundries of unwanted chemicals and drop them into Council to be recycled or disposed of correctly. 

The most recent event was held on Sunday 21st February 2016. 410 vehicles attended this event and over 19 tonnes of unwanted household chemicals was collected on the day including:

  • 6,020 kgs of water-based paint;
  • 3,670 kgs of oil-based paint;
  • 1,966 kgs of oil; and
  • 1,589 kgs of lead-acid batteries;

This was a fantastic result with each vehicle dropping off an average of 40.7 kg of household chemical waste for disposal in an environmentally-correct manner.

Don't forget that residents can also drop off oils, paints, batteries, gas bottles and so much more at Council's Community Recycling Centre located at 99 Rose Street, Liverpool. Click here for more information about Council's Community Recycling Centre.

To find out what happens to all the chemicals that are collected, click here to download the CleanOut factsheet What Happens to the Chemicals from the Collection Event?

Liverpool City Council's next Household ChemicalOut Day will be held:  

Sunday, 7th August 2016
9am to 3.30pm
Liverpool City Council Operations Centre
99 Rose Street, Liverpool

A number of Chemical CleanOuts are held on a regular basis in different Sydney regions and residents are welcome to attend these events (except those events advertised as being open to residents only). For more information about when and where these other collection events are held please refer to the NSW EPA Household Chemical CleanOut website.

Residents can also access more information by contacting the NSW EPA Environment Line on 131 555.

Materials that will be accepted include:
  • Paint and paint-related products such as thinners, strippers and varnish
  • Pesticides and herbicides (fungicides, bait/poisons, wood preservatives)
  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • Batteries
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Hobby chemicals, such as photography chemicals
  • Fluorescent tubes

No chemicals will be accepted either before or after the event by Council.


  • Only household quantities are accepted (usually up to 20 litres of a liquid waste or 20 kilograms)
  • Materials collected are treated and disposed in a manner least harmful to the environment and human health
  • Residents are advised to transport the materials in original containers if possible, without mixing, and ensure containers are well-sealed.  Containers holding liquids should be wrapped in newspaper and secured in plastic bags, then packed into buckets or trays.  It is advisable to transport the materials in a space away from passengers, such as in the boot.

Business-related and commercial quantities will not be accepted. Call the Environment Line on 131 555 to find out correct disposal for businesses. For further information regarding the disposal of other specific household waste please refer below:

Unwanted Medicines or call 1300 650 835
Mobile phones or call 1300 730 070


Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste such as water and oil-based paints (up to 20 litres), engine oil, vehicle batteries (up to five) and gas bottles (up to two per person) can be disposed of at any SUEZ Environnement Resource Recovery & Recycling Facility. Disposal fees may apply. Call SUEZ Environnement on 13 13 35 for more information or click here to go to the SUEZ Environnement website.

Household medicines that are out of date or no longer needed can be taken back to a participating chemist for disposal through the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) program.

Council provides a service through selected local chemists for the safe disposal of syringes and other contaminated clinical waste. Click here for more information about Council's Be Sharp Safe Program or contact Council on 1300 36 2170 for more information.