Free Chemical CleanOut for Hunter residents

Hunter residents will be able to get rid of unwanted chemicals and problem waste that they have lying around at home thanks to a free drive-thru Chemical CleanOut to be held at Rathmines Park on Sunday, 15 May.

Items that can be disposed of include old smoke detectors, pool chemicals, pesticides, poisons, paint, oils, aerosols, motor oils, paint, and batteries.

“It is extremely important we don’t send unwanted chemicals down the drain or to landfill where they may poison our waterways and land,” Lake Macquarie City Council’s Manager Waste Services Paul Collins said

“We’re proud to divert about 80 tonnes of household problem waste from going to landfill through this biannual Chemical CleanOut each year.

“Many of the chemicals collected on the day can be recycled, while the rest are disposed of in a safe way.”

Only household quantities of up to 20 litres or 20 kilograms will be accepted during the drive-thru event, with the exception of paint where up to 100 litres is accepted.

The event is funded by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and organised by Lake Macquarie City Council.

To ensure materials are transported safely in your vehicle, it is recommended that containers filled with liquids are wrapped in newspaper and a plastic bag and then placed inside a bucket or tray away from other passengers.

Chemicals should be left in original containers, labelled and well-sealed.

For more information and a full list of accepted items, call the Environment Line on 131 555 or visit