Blue Mountains City Council


Chemical CleanOut

Incorrect disposal of household chemicals can cause a real problem to our health and the environment. Hazardous waste should never be disposed of in your red garbage bin, down the drain or into the soil.

Blaxland and Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities accept car batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers and engine oil throughout the year.

As well as this, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) runs a Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Katoomba RRWMF which allows us to collect paint and paint tins, smoke detectors, fluoro globes and tubes, other oils and household batteries on a daily basis.

If you have other household chemicals not listed above, these can be disposed of for free during a CleanOut event. Harsher chemicals require disposal under the supervision of an Industrial Chemist, which is why we can’t accept them all year round.

Items accepted at a CleanOut event ONLY: 

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Paint related products (turpentine, paint thinners and strippers etc.) 
  • Poisons 
  • Motor fuels and fluids 
  • Pool chemicals 
  • Pesticides and herbicides 
  • Household cleaners and solvents 
  • Hobby chemicals


Next event: Friday 23 February – Monday 26 February at Blaxland RRWMF, Attunga Road.

Blue Mountains Council runs a Household Chemical CleanOut event FOUR times a year at the Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities in Blaxland and Katoomba.

Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility
Woodlands Road

Blaxland Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility
Attunga Road
Friday 23 February - Monday 26 February 2018

Between 9am and 4pm

Please remember to take note of the following details for the event:

  • Wear gloves when handling chemicals and separate each item and label any unknown chemicals ‘unknown’.
  • Wrap containers in newspaper, place them in a plastic bag and keep items stable and upright in your car (for example in a bucket) as you are responsible for any spills in your vehicle.
  • This is a household collection so chemicals from commercial or industrial premises will not be accepted and a nominal 20L or 20kg limit applies.
  • Please bring proof that you are a Blue Mountains resident, such as your driver’s licence or rates notice.

At the event, please be sure to follow the directions given by the collections staff and they will unload your chemicals for you.