Hazardous materials should not be placed in domestic bins as they are dangerous to residents, waste collectors and landfill staff. Please refer to the Community Recycling Centre Program for information about where you can drop off household problem waste materials for FREE at a Council waste facility.
- Never mix chemicals as this may produce dangerous reactions.
- Try to keep all chemicals in their original containers.
- Ensure containers are clearly labelled and well sealed. If you do not know what is in the container, label it ‘Unknown Chemical’.
- Liquid can leak during transport. Wrap containers holding liquids securely in newspaper and place them into sturdy bags, then pack them in plastic buckets or trays.
- Keep household chemicals away from passengers, e.g. in the boot.
Please refer to the Asbestos Waste webpage.
Think before you buy
Is there a less hazardous product that could be used instead of chemicals?
Look for the words like non toxic and biodegradable. Only buy the amount that you need and share with a friend or neighbour rather than storing excess product. Remember it is much better for the environment to reduce the amount of chemicals and hazardous materials we use in our everyday lives.
How you can reduce your consumption of chemicals
Find out about normal, safer alternatives to chemical cleaners and read the labels to avoid buying the more toxic products.
Some examples of non toxic alternatives:
- Bi-carb soda cleans and deodorises and on a damp cloth is great for cleaning tiles, sinks and toilets, also benchtops and fridges. A thick paste makes a great oven cleaner if wiped over while still warm.
- Vinegar is a mild disinfectant, it deodorises and cuts grease.
- Lemon juice cleans and deodorises and is a mild bleach
- Eucalyptus oil removes sticky labels, removes scuff marks from vinyl and prevents mirrors fogging when used with a wad of newspaper. It acts as a natural deodoriser for your garbage bin. Add a few drops to remove stains in the laundry, and you can even use it on a cloth to remove tar spots from your car.
- Use pure soap as a general cleaner that biodegrades rather than those that contain chemicals.
- Use natural oils rather than chemical sprays - use citronella instead of insect repellent.
- A bowl of vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher can add sparkle to your glassware.
- Try a handful of bi-carb and a half a cup of vinegar in a blocked drain for 30 minutes. Follow this up with a handful of salt and a jug of boiling water. You will never need harsh chemicals again.
- Consider fresh air or flowers rather than air fresheners.
This page was last updated on: 11 January 2021