Incorrect disposal of any hazardous waste can cause a real problem to our community’s health and the environment. 

Did you know: In 2012, pesticide got into a stormwater drain and flowed into a creek. This lead to the death of over 1,000 crayfish.

No hazardous waste should ever be disposed of in your household bins (waste, recycling or organic), down the drain or into the soil.  Council provides safe, convenient and low cost options to dispose of hazardous waste - there’s no excuse for doing the wrong thing. 

Council offers three main disposal methods for hazardous waste. The disposal options align with the three types of hazardous waste:

•    Community Recycling Centres: These are available to dispose of low toxicity hazardous materials
•    Household Chemical Clean Out Events: On specified dates, high toxicity hazardous waste can be taken to the waste management facilities, and
•    Asbestos Disposal: Bonded (non-friable) asbestos can be disposed of at Blaxland landfill site with prior booking and must comply with the terms and conditions for asbestos disposal.

If you are removing and disposing of any friable asbestos, or more than 10 m2 of bonded (non-friable) asbestos you must engage a licensed asbestos removal contractor.


The table, below, lists common hazardous materials and which disposal options are suitable:

Orange Icon.png Materials with this symbol can go to the Blaxland and Katoomba Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Council’s Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility – for free, during opening hours. https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/waste-facilities  

The Blaxland Community Recycling Centre, at Council's Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility at 28-30 Attunga Road, Blaxland, officially opened on 21 May 2021.  That means we now have two facilities in the Blue Mountains that now accept these materials.

Blue Icon.png Materials with this symbol can go to a Household Chemical Clean Event at both Blaxland and Katoomba. Please visit: https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/ewaste-and-chemicals to find out the next event dates

Black Icon.png Materials with this symbol must be taken to Blaxland Waste Management Facility, you need to book in advance and agree to the terms and conditions. Find full details https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/waste-facilities  

ITEM TOXICITY WHERE TO DISPOSE
Acids and alkalis High toxic                 Blue Icon.png                            
Ammonia-based cleaners High toxic                 Blue Icon.png
Asbestos Asbestos                Black Icon.png
Car Batteries Household Problem Waste              Orange Icon.png Blue Icon.png
Cleaning products High toxic                 Blue Icon.png
Engine and Other oils (including cooking oil) Household Problem Waste              Orange Icon.png Blue Icon.png
Fire extinguishers Household Problem Waste              Orange Icon.png Blue Icon.png
Floor care products High toxic                          Blue Icon.png
Fluorescent bulbs and tubes Household Problem Waste              Orange Icon.png Blue Icon.png
Gas Bottles Household Problem Waste              Orange Icon.png Blue Icon.png
Hobby chemicals High toxic                 Blue Icon.png
Household batteries Household Problem Waste              Orange Icon.png Blue Icon.png
Household cleaners and solvents High toxic                 Blue Icon.png
Motor fuels and fluids Household Problem Waste                 Blue Icon.png
Paint related products (turpentine, paint thinners and strippers etc.) Household Problem Waste                 Blue Icon.png
Pesticides and herbicides High toxic                 Blue Icon.png
Poisons High toxic                 Blue Icon.png
Pool chemicals High toxic                                 Blue Icon.png
Smoke detectors Household Problem Waste             Orange Icon.png Blue Icon.png

Note: Always keep chemicals in separated containers, never mix them. When transporting hazardous materials ensure they are safely and securely stored for transport.

This information has been produced as part of the Council’s Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with SafeWork NSW. The Council entered into the Enforceable Undertaking after SafeWork NSW alleged that the Council contravened clauses 425(1), 429(2), 479(1), and 445(1) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. The full undertaking and general information about enforceable undertakings is available at www.safework.nsw.gov.au.