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What is Household Chemical Cleanout?

The Household Chemical Cleanout is the perfect opportunity to dispose of the unwanted hazardous items that cannot be sent to landfill. It is not limited only to hazardous chemicals, but also includes hazardous items such as gas cylinders, fire extinguishers etc.

When does this happen?

The Household Chemical Cleanout drive is conducted on annual basis and the next cleanout drive will be conducted on 19 May 2022 from 1pm - 4pm at the Council Works depot storage yard, Young Street, Forbes.

What is accepted?

As part of this collection drive, the residents are encouraged to dispose any of the following items.

  • Acids
  • Aerosols
  • Alkalis Based Products 
  • Automotive Products
  • Arsenic Based Chemicals
  • Batteries- NiCad
  • Batteries - Nickel Metal Hydride
  • Batteries - Lead Acid
  • Other Household batteries
  • Cyanide
  • Flares
  • Fire Extinguishers - halon
  • Fire extinguishers - other
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Gas Cylinders - propane
  • Gas cylinders - other
  • General Household Chemicals
  • Halogenated Solvents
  • Heavy Metals
  • Hydrocarbons and Fuels
  • Inert Liquids
  • Inert Solids
  • Oil (flashpoint >61degrees)
  • Oxidising agents
  • Organoperoxides
  • Paint - metal, oil, other
  • PCB
  • Pesticides - General liquid and solid, Organochlorine liquid and solid
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Photographic Chemicals
  • Reactives
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Toxics
  • Unknown Chemicals - Liquid and solid



Only household quantities will be accepted (maximum 20 L or 20 kg container size). This cleanout is not for commercial quantities.

What is not accepted?

Following is the list of specific items which are not eligible for collection as part of the drive.

  • Asbestos
  • Empty containers
  • Explosives (as defined In the Dangerous Goods Code), including ammunition, excluding flares 
  • General refuse or garbage
  • Grease interceptor trap effluent and residues
  • Infectious and clinical wastes
  • Sewage tanks sludges and residues
  • Tyres