01 January 1970

What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous wastes are chemicals that are harmful to the environment due to their toxic, corrosive, flammable and/or reactive properties. Some hazardous wastes do not become hazardous until they break down, such as e-waste.

Examples include household cleaning products, aerosol sprays, automotive supplies (including motor oil), paints and thinners, batteries, photographic chemicals, gas bottles, e-waste , pool chemicals and pesticides.

Don't place hazardous waste in your kerbside bins or hoppers.

How do I dispose of hazardous waste?

You can drop off household hazardous waste free of charge at:

Contact a private service provider to dispose of commercial quantities of hazardous waste. Visit www.businessrecycling.com.au to find a provider.

Important tips

  • Do NOT put any chemicals down the drain, on the ground, into sewers or in your kerbside bins. Chemicals that are disposed of improperly make their way into the environment and put animals, our water and us at risk.
  • Hazardous waste can be dangerous to children and pets if left around the house.

Hazardous Waste accepted at the hazardous waste drop off

Item Volume or limit accepted

Liquid hazardous waste, e.g.

  • Aerosol cans (full)
  • Caustic materials (acids, alkalis)
  • Household cleaning agents
  • Cooking oils
  • Household pesticides
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Domestic poisons
  • Domestic pool chemicals

20 litres or less of a single substance

Helium party balloon cylinders

10 items or less

Fire extinguishers

10 items or less


10 items or less

Gas bottles

Up to 9 kg bottles, 10 items or less


  • Up to 100 Litres of paint in 20 Litre containers (paint must be in containers no larger than 20 Litres)
  • Visit the Paintback website for more information on paint recycling and conditions for disposal
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Compact fluorescent tubes and bulbs

10 tubes per customer

Automotive oils

20 litres or less

*Visit the Recyclopaedia for specific information on each item.

Electronic Waste

Free e-waste drop off facilities

You can dispose of old or unwanted televisions and computer products for free under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Find a drop off location online.

E-waste is a significant waste stream in the ACT. The largest volume of e-waste is made up of televisions and computer equipment such as printers, scanners, monitors, keyboards and mice.

Items accepted Details for disposal

eWaste, e.g.

  • televisions (CRTs, plasma, LCD, LED and projections televisions)
  • desktop and portable computers (laptops and notebooks)
  • monitors
  • keyboards
  • mice
  • drives
  • printers
  • scanners
  • cables
  • computer-related peripherals
  • Limit of 15 items per person apply (a keyboard, mouse and monitor equals one item)
  • Visit the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme website for more information
  • Televisions and computers contain materials which are hazardous both to humans and the environment when disposed of inappropriately. There are penalties for the illegal dumping of these products, including outside collection sites and charity bins.
Items not accepted Details for disposal
  • Mobile phones
  • Game consoles
  • Video recorders
  • DVD and blue-ray players
  • Toner Cartridges
  • Radios / stereos
  • Power tools
  • Universal power supplies and other electronic appliances

Hazardous waste with special requirements

Item Details for disposal


Agricultural and veterinary chemical containers

  • drumMUSTER is a national program that accepts empty agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical containers for recycling.
  • Remondis runs this collection service at the Mitchell Resource Management Centre.
  • Collections are held on the first Thursday of each month between 10am and 12pm – by appointment only.
  • Contact Remondis on 02 6270 7700 to arrange an appointment for disposal.
  • For more information on container preparation and conditions please visit the drumMuster website.

More information about hazardous waste

  • Visit the Recyclopaedia to look up hazardous waste disposal by item.
  • Find a service provider for your business on www.businessrecycling.com.au.
  • Call Remondis on 02 6270 7700 and ask if your hazardous waste item is accepted at the hazardous waste drop off.
  • Call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 and ask for the Environmental Protection Authority for advice on hazardous waste.

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