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Hazardous household waste

Household chemical and paint drop-off day

A household chemicals and paint drop-off day will be held from 9am - 3pm on Saturday 27 October 2018 at the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton.

This free service is open to all South Australian householders and trade painters. Only household chemicals and up to 100 litres of paint will be accepted per load.

Large quantities of commercial chemicals from businesses will not be accepted.

Items accepted
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Brake fluids and coolants
  • Cleaning products
  • Garden chemicals - including insecticides, herbicides and rodenticides
  • Liquid paint - up to 100 litres
  • Other household chemicals
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
  • Solvents - including paint thinners, turpentine
  • Varnishes and stains


Items not accepted
  • Ammunition or explosives - contact SA Police on 131 444
  • Asbestos and tyres - contact the EPA 8204 2004
  • Fertiliser - use or donate to a community garden
  • Pharmaceuticals - dispose of at your local pharmacy or visit returnmed.com.au for locations
  • Household smoke detectors - these can be put in your waste bin
Drop-off instructions
  • Keep original labels on containers or put labels on known chemicals
  • Package all materials securely to avoid spills
  • Place old containers in plastic bags or buckets to avoid leaks
  • Place smaller containers in a box or larger container to help with unloading
  • Transport chemicals in your vehicle boot or trailer for easy and safe handling
  • For your safety pleas stay in your car and let staff unload the materials

Note: no containers or boxes will be returned as these are not emptied on site.

The following items are also accepted at the drop-off day, however there are readily available alternatives for recycling these items listed on our Other waste page (refer to link below):

  • Batteries
  • Gas bottles
  • Fluorescent light globes
  • Motor oil

Household, garden and pool chemicals are dangerous to the community and the environment. They must not be put in any of your bins at home. Hazardous household waste includes chemicals, insecticides, varnishes and solvents from your kitchen, bathroom, laundry and garden shed.

Hazardous household waste and farm chemicals can be taken for free disposal to the waste depot operated by Green Industries SA (GISA) located at the corner of Magazine Road and Henschke Street, Dry Creek.

This service is provided free of charge by GISA for all households and farmers.

The waste depot is open on the first Tuesday of every month (excluding public holidays) between 9am and 12noon.

For information on what is accepted, visit the Green Industries SA website (refer to link below). 

There are numerous local safe disposal options for paint, gas cylinders, batteries, motor oil, light globes, smoke alarms, x-rays, sharps and other hazardous items listed on our Other waste page (refer to link below).

Safe transportation of hazardous household waste to collection facilities

It is important to take the following precautions when transporting household hazardous wastes to your collection point:

  • Always handle hazardous wastes carefully and avoid direct contact. Wear protective gear/equipment where possible.
  • Prior to transporting, ensure lids are tightly fitted and hazardous wastes are securely packed in a non-returnable crate or box. Place leaking containers into a sealed container prior to transportation.
  • If possible retain all labels or label chemicals clearly where known.
  • There will be no decanting facility for fuels on the day.
  • When transporting, put the crate or box on a tarpaulin in the boot of the car.
  • It is suggested that passengers are excluded from vehicles when transporting Hazardous Household Waste to drop-off point.

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