Household Hazardous Waste
Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely. Zero Waste SA with the assistance of Local Government is undertaking free household hazardous waste drop-off days to help you dispose of your unwanted chemicals in an environmentally safe way.
Licensed professional waste management contractors will set up temporary drop-off points in metropolitan and country areas of the State (refer to timetable). Householders will be asked to deliver their unwanted chemicals to the drop-off points.
You can also take items to the household hazardous waste depot, download the flyer for details.
The depot is open from 9am-12pm on the first Tuesday of every month.
Options for disposal and recycling of common household items
- Pharmaceuticals - all chemists will take unused or unwated pills and medications. See the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project website
- Light globes - Banner, Mitre 10 and True Value hardware stores accept all household globes, tubes and CFLs for recycling for free, find your nearest store here
- Oil - many councils run free oil drop off services. Contact your council or type in Oil at the Recycle Right search engine here
- Liquid paint - unwanted paint can be allowed to harden, then tapped out into the waste bin and the container placed in the yellow recycling bin
- Smoke detectors - these can be placed in the waste bin, see the EPA website for more details
- Gas bottles - contact All Pressure Testing at Lonsdale on 8384 6737 or Elgas at Para Hills West on 8368 4700
- Needles - sharps can be disposed of through the Safe Sharps project, visit the website for your nearest location.
For further information email Justin Lang with your query.