Hazardous Waste

What is hazardous waste?

Hazardous wastes are wastes with properties that make them dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment, and cannot be placed in your red-lidded garbage bin.

Mobile Community Recycling Service

Parramatta and Cumberland City Councils have launched a Mobile Community Recycling Service, which provides residents with a free and easy way to recycle household hazardous wastes, including:

  • gas bottles
  • fire extinguishers
  • paint
  • batteries (car and household batteries)
  • oils (motor and cooking)
  • fluoro lights and smoke detectors

Residents must book a pick up on the Problem Waste website, or call Council's Waste Hotline on 9806 5544.

Only household quantities will be accepted in 20kg or 20L maximum container sizes.

Community Recycling Centre and household chemical clean out events

Common household wastes, including fluorescent lights, smoke detectors, paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, batteries and oils, can also be be taken to your local Community Recycling Centre throughout the year.

Details for the next Chemical Clean Out day in the Parramatta Local Government Area are:

Date: Sunday 7 April 2019
Time: 9am - 3pm
Location: City of Parramatta Rydalmere Operation Centre, 316 Victoria Road, Rydalmere (behind Bunnings and McDonalds)
Accepted items

  • 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

Check the EPA website for a full list of accepted items at Chemical CleanOut event.

If there is no Community Recycling Centres near you, you can also take these items, and others, to a Chemical Clean Out event for safe disposal and recycling.