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.

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.

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.

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?

Can't make it to this Chemical CleanOut event?

If you are unable to attend this Chemical CleanOut event and wish to dispose of paints, oils, batteries, gas bottles and fire extinguishers the Community Recycling Centre, also located at 99 Rose Street, Liverpool will accept these items only. The Community Recycling Centre is open Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 3pm.

Click here for more information about the Community Recycling Centre.

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 visit to the NSW EPA Household Chemical CleanOut website, call the Environment Line on 131 555 or download the brochure below.

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.

Last updated on 21 Mar 2018