Household Chemical CleanOut Events

Household Chemical Cleanout

Free Household Chemical CleanOut Event

The Household Chemical CleanOut is a free service which allows residents to dispose of household chemicals, many of which could cause harm if disposed in a regular garbage collection or tipped down the drain. 

The next Household Chemical CleanOut event will be announced later this year.

Household items for collection include:

  • Paint and paint related products
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons, solvents and household cleaners
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Motor oils and cooking oils
  • Fuels and fluids
  • Batteries
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Hobby chemicals

Only household quantities of chemicals are accepted.


HCC Acceptable Items(PDF, 2MB)

For more information visit or contact council on 02 9843 0555. If you would like to be notified via email when the next Chemical Clean-out event is announced please join our mailing list here.

The NSW EPA operate Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) across NSW, which can be accessed FREE of charge by all residents throughout NSW, even if out of the hosting Council area. Household quantities (Maximum container size of 20kg or 20L per item) of common household chemicals are accepted at these sites. For more information about this service, including the types of chemicals accepted, see or call the Environment Line on 131 555.

Brought to you by the NSW Environment Protection Authority and Paintback.


Recycling Near You

The Planet Ark ‘ Recycling Near You’ website provides numerous recycling opportunities for common household items. To view the directory, see Please note: fees may apply for some of the services.



Used Motor Oil

REMONDIS Resource Recovery Centre at Powers Road, Seven Hills and Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek will accept up to 20 Litres of used motor oil, free of charge.  The Oil is recycled where possible or disposed of responsibly.

For more information about this service, as well as opening hours and acceptable items, call 13 73 73 or visit the REMONDIS website.




Paintback- Australia’s National Waste Paint and Packaging Solution

Paintback is an industry scheme allowing for safe disposal of leftover paint and paint packaging. The program allows for paint to be kept out of landfill and can be accessed FREE of charge by households and trade painters.

For more information about this initiative as well as drop off locations and list of acceptable items visit or call 1300 390 380.



Fluorescent Globes and Tubes

Fluorescent globes and tubes, metal halides and HIDs contain toxic chemicals such as mercury. You can recycle these items through the NSW EPA Household Chemical CleanOut events free of charge (details above), or through one of the organisations listed here: Fees may apply.



Household Battery Recycling

Did you know that around 8,000 tonnes of batteries are sent to landfill every year?

Council supports a battery recycling program with the batteries collected and sorted into their respective technologies and recycled locally where possible. This program is available for households in The Hills Shire.


Please help us keep single use and rechargable batteries out of landfill and take them to one of Council's collection points listed below.

Council Collection locations

The Hills Shire Council, Administration Building 

3 Columbia Court, Norwest

Baulkham Hills Library

Railway Street, Baulkham Hills

Castle Hill Library

Cnr Castle and Pennant Streets, Castle Hill

Dural Library

Pellitt Lane, Dural

Vinegar Hill Memorial Library

29 Main Street, Rouse Hill

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


Alternatively, household batteries can be taken to Battery World Castle Hill, Unit 2/7-13 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill, NSW (Ph: +61 2 9894 2100).



Old Car Batteries

These can be recycled by taking them to their place of purchase (limits may be applied), or to scrap metal recyclers.

Alternatively, motor and household batteries can be taken to Battery World Castle Hill, Unit 2/7-13 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill, NSW (Ph: +61 2 9894 2100).