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It is time for a Chemical CleanOut

Many of us have been cleaning and sorting our homes during lockdown and now is the time to dispose of those hazardous chemicals in a safe way. Residents of Lake Macquarie and the Hunter are encouraged to take any unwanted chemicals to the next Chemical CleanOut, hosted at Glendale TAFE on Saturday 30 May from 9am-3.30pm.


Household quantities of items such as motor oils, paint, poisons and batteries can be disposed free of charge by residents at this CleanOut event. Accepted quantities are limited to a maximum of 20kg or 20L of a single item, with the exception of paint which is limited to 100 litres.

Lake Macquarie City Council’s Manager Waste Services Paul Collins says that the Chemical CleanOut is an opportunity for residents to dispose of possibly hazardous materials safely and at no cost.

“Many of these materials cannot be disposed of in our Council waste collections or through Hunter Water’s sewer network due to the dangers of the products and the negative effect they can have on our environment.

“It’s a great opportunity to safely dispose of household hazardous material that might otherwise be lying around our houses, in sheds or in our backyards,” said Mr Collins.

To transport the materials safely to the CleanOut, wrap containers containing liquids in newspaper, a plastic bag and then place in a plastic bucket or tray keeping it away from your car passengers.

Do not mix chemicals and if possible leave in original containers. All containers must be labelled and well sealed.

We remain committed to the safety of our community and team members, so operators at the CleanOut will abide by necessary COVID-19 restrictions and health measures. As with previous chemical cleanouts visitors will be required to stay in their vehicles at all times while the operators remove the unwanted items from car boots, trays or trailers

For more information and a full list of accepted items, call the Environment Line on 131 555 or visit

The event is funded by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) and organised by Lake Macquarie City Council.

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