Household Chemical CleanOut

NIRW organises Household Chemical CleanOut events each year for residents in the New England North West NSW region, to safely dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals for free. These events are generally held in the second half of the year across many locations and are advertised in advance.


What items can be dropped off at a Household Chemical CleanOut event?

You can take household quantities of the following household chemicals and items – up to a maximum of 20L or 20kg of a single item:

  • Solvents and household 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

Business and commercial quantities of chemicals are not accepted.  For commercial waste disposal visit


Storing and transporting unwanted chemicals

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’.
  • Place household chemicals in the boot of your car in a large sturdy container or tray when transporting.

This is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the Waste Levy.