Chemical & Hazardous Waste

It is vital that the disposal of chemical waste is appropriately handled by professionals as it can have a serious impact on the environment & all living organisms including humans.

WHAT IS HAZARDOUS WASTE?

Hazardous waste have properties that make them dangerous or potentially harmful to human health, living organisms & environment and they cannot be placed in your garbage bin.

While in their simplest forms they are liquids, solids, gases, or a sludge, we also think of hazardous waste in terms of its originating waste stream: liquid waste, clinical/medical waste and e-waste.

Chemicals may include:

  • Paint & paint related products

  • Pesticides & herbicides 

  • Solvents & household cleaners

  • Motor oils, fuels and fluids

  • Batteries

  • Gas bottles & fire extinguishers

  • Pool chemicals

  • Acids and alkalis

  • Hobby chemicals

  • Fluorescent tubes

Other Chemicals and Hazardous Waste

Asbestos: Asbestos is classified as a hazardous material which is disposed of at certain locations within Australia. 

Medicines:  Medicines that are lurking around the home can be hazardous and dangerous if taken after the expiry date, not prescribed to you or within reach of children.

Farm Chemicals: Agriculture chemicals may be purchased in various concentrations and forms such as: liquids, powders, granules and pellets. Many of the potent chemicals may require the farmer to have completed a chemical training course to be able to purchase and use.

Common types of chemicals used in agriculture include:

• glyphosate

• aluminium or zinc phosphide – fumigant

• organophosphates 

• pyrethroids

• methyl bromide

• sodium fluoroacetate – '1080' baits

• strychnine

• paraquat, diquat 

• cresol

• alkaline and acid cleaning agents

• neonicotinoids

• formalin 

• nutritional supplements – selenium and copper

• livestock vaccines and drenches  

Common chemical and hazardous wastes found around YOUR home include:

  • Gas bottles

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Paint

  • Batteries (car and household batteries)

  • Oils ( motor and cooking)

  • Fluoro lights and smoke detectors

  • Solvents and household cleaners

  • Floor care products

  • Ammonia-based cleaners

  • Herbicides and Pesticides (other garden related chemicals)

  • Posions

  • Pool chemicals

  • Hobby chemicals

  • Acids and alkalis

  • Petrol and kerosene

  • Pharmaceuticals (all medicines)

  • Obsolete computer equipment

  • Thermometers, barometers, thermostats


To handle hazardous waste at home safely you should:

• Keep the goods in their original containers if possible. If containers are leaking, use new containers but never use food containers like soft drink bottles.

• Don’t mix chemicals when decanting a substance into a new storage container.

• Make sure all labels, including warning labels and manufacturer’s instructions, remain intact on the packaging.

• Store goods upright with lids secured tightly and out of the reach of young children.

• Keep all ignition sources, such as matches, well away from the storage area.

• Keep the storage area cool and dry.

• Buy the smallest amount for your needs.