Chemical cleanout - Shoalhaven City Council

Chemical waste drop off

Council periodically hosts EPA Household Chemical CleanOut days for free disposal of your hazardous household chemicals.

Take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of your old, unwanted or out-of-date household chemicals safely, and at no charge.

The next Household Chemical CleanOuts will be held in 2020 on the following dates and in the Shoalhaven locations:

Saturday 13th June 2020- Council Administration Building car park, Deering Street, Ulladulla, 9am to 3.30pm Google Map (new window) 

Sunday 14th June  2020- Council Administration Building car park, Bridge Road, Nowra, 9am to 3.30pm Google Map (new window) 

(Maximum 20kg/20 litres container size) of the following, will be accepted on the day:

From your home

  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia based cleaners
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Smoke detectors

From your car

  • Car batteries
  • Motor oils, fuels and fluids

From your garage

  • Paints and paint related products
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Fertilisers
  • Poisons
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis
  • and any unknown chemicals you may have

Make your home safer by using this free service

Many common products in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed can be harmful to both your health and the environment if not disposed of correctly. By disposing of your household chemical waste responsibly, you can: 

  • Help avoid dangerous situations
  • Reduce soil and groundwater contamination
  • Maintain clear and clean sewers and septic systems
  • Avoid corrosion of plumbing
  • Keep water, soil and plant life healthy

What happens to the chemicals collected at the CleanOut?

Many of the chemicals collected are recycled. Paints and some pesticides go to a liquid treatment plant in Homebush, batteries and gas cylinders go to recyclers and oil goes to a waste oil re-processor. Glass, aluminium, glass, mercury and phosphor powder from fluorescent lights is all recycled. Some non-recyclable materials are incinerated under strict EPA licencing.

Commercial chemical waste

Business-related and commercial quantities are not accepted at CleanOut centres - telephone the Environment Line on 131 555 to find out correct disposal for businesses

More information

Clean Out Hotline
ph 1300 787 870

Visit the NSW EPA Chemical CleanOut website (new window) 

This is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle more initiative funded from the waste levy. Visit

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