Chemical Waste

Chemical Waste

What is Chemical Waste

Chemical Waste is the unwanted, out-of-date or disused household chemicals that you might keep in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed.

Chemical waste includes items such as: acids and alkalis, ammonia-based cleaners, car batteries/ household batteries, fire extinguishers, floor care products, fluorescent globes and tubes, garden chemicals, gas bottles, hobby chemicals, motor oils, fuels and fluids, paint and related products, pesticides and herbicides, poisons, pool chemicals, smoke detectors, solvents and household cleaners.

By taking your chemical waste to the right place, such as a Chemical CleanOut event, you are helping to prevent contamination and protecting our waste collectors from injury by doing the right thing and never putting it in your household bins.

The Penrith Community Recycling Centre accepts household quantities (20L or 20kg) of light globes, batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, motor oil and up to 100L of paint (in max 20L containers), which can be dropped off for free.

Why is it important to take your chemical waste to the right place?

If household chemical waste isn’t disposed of correctly, it can contaminate ground and surface water and harm wildlife, injure garbage collectors, and add to the flammability and toxic effects of house fires.

Many chemical materials can be recycled or reused, so not only are you helping to reduce waste and pollution, but you are also helping in resource recovery efforts. Thanks, Penrith, for never wasting a chance to take your chemical waste to the right place.

For more information about Chemical Waste click here to download our guide (pdf 605.7KB)

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Chemical CleanOut Event

Council hosts a free Chemical CleanOut event at Penrith every year. The event is run by Cleanaway and funded by the EPA.

Pack your old household cleaners and chemicals, pool chemicals, batteries, gas bottles and oils in the boot of your car or trailer. The friendly staff will unload your chemical waste for you and the items collected will be disposed of safely and correctly.

When is the next event?

Council’s next Chemical CleanOut event will be held on 4 and 5 May 2024 at The Kingsway Playing Fields in Werrington. For a list of upcoming Chemical CleanOut events in neighbouring Council areas visit

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Contactless Event

Please safely pack and label each type of drop-off items into the boot of your car or your trailer, come to the event and remain inside of your vehicle. The friendly team will unpack your boot or trailer to ensure a contactless event.

We can accept

  • acids and alkalis
  • ammonia based cleaners
  • household and car batteries
  • fire extinguishers
  • floor care products
  • fluorescent globes and tubes
  • gas bottles
  • hobby chemicals
  • motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • paint and related products
  • pesticides and herbicides
  • poisons
  • pool chemicals
  • solvents and household cleaners.

Only household quantities can be accepted (maximum 20 litres or 20kg of a single item). Business related and commercial quantities of chemicals can't be accepted. For more information on Chemical CleanOut events, including upcoming events held by neighbouring councils, please visit the Chemical CleanOut website or call the Environment Line on 131 555.

Storing and transporting your Chemical Waste

Please handle and transport your materials carefully and safely. Protect your vehicle by placing items on a protective sheet or tray in the boot to capture any leakages or breakages.

Here are some helpful tips when transporting materials to a Chemical CleanOut event:

  1. Never mix chemicals as this may produce dangerous reactions.
  2. Wherever possible keep all chemicals in their original containers.
  3. Ensure containers are clearly labelled and well-sealed. If you do not know the contents, label the container 'unknown chemical'.
  4. Liquid can leak during transport. Wrap containers holding liquids securely in newspaper, place in sturdy plastic bags and then in plastic buckets or trays.
  5. Keep household chemicals away from passengers by placing them in the boot of your car.

Stay informed with our free app

Download our free Penrith Waste Champion app from your app store to receive notifications about our free drop off days and other resource recovery initiatives.

Other ways to safely and correctly dispose of chemicals

If you can’t make it to a Chemical CleanOut event, the Penrith Community Recycling Centre is open year-round and accepts household quantities of the following types of chemical waste:

  • household and car batteries
  • gas bottles and fire extinguishers
  • light globes
  • smoke detectors
  • motor oil
  • oil and water-based paint (up to 100L, stored in containers no larger than 20L)