Household hazardous waste

""Household hazardous waste includes everyday products such as bleach, garden and pool chemicals, and cleaning solvents that are purchased from the supermarket or hardware store.

Storing household hazardous waste

If you store household chemicals around your home after you no longer need them, you could:

  • injure or poison someone if they drink, inhale or are burned by them
  • endanger yourself and your property if chemicals ignite, explode or release toxic fumes in the event of fire
  • be fined for damaging the environment if chemicals leak while they are being stored or handled.

Disposing of household hazardous waste

Disposing of hazardous materials in your general waste or recycling bin is not safe as they can be flammable, corrosive, explosive or toxic. These materials can potentially cause fires in bins or garbage trucks and create a hazard for truck drivers, the community and the environment.

Use the safe disposal methods table to dispose of your household hazardous waste correctly, or you can dispose of them safely at a free drop-off day at one of Brisbane City Council's four transfer stations.

Transfer station drop off

The following items can be dropped off at Council transfer stations during the opening times:

  • aerosols
  • batteries (household and lead acid batteries)
  • empty LPG gas bottles
  • electronic waste
  • fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
  • paint
  • used mineral engine oil.

A 20 litre limit for each chemical or product applies per customer per visit. Normal transfer station fees apply or you can use your general waste vouchers. This only applies to residents. All commercial operators must comply with relevant waste disposal regulations.

Dead animals

You can report a dead animal for collection. Dead animals are scanned for a microchip at point of collection from the road or footpath. Owners will be contacted if a microchip is detected.

Free drop off days

Brisbane residents can drop off the items indicated in the safe disposal methods table for free on designated collection days. Items must remain in their original containers and not be mixed. A 20 litre limit for each chemical or product applies. This service is for Brisbane residents only. All commercial operators must comply with relevant waste disposal regulations.

Safe disposal methods for household hazardous waste table

Read how to dispose of hazardous waste from your:

Material SewerImage of an asterisk Transfer station Rubbish binImage of an asterisk Free drop off days

Bathroom

Aftershaves, perfumes and other lotions

yes

no

no

no

Bathroom cleaners and disinfectants

yes

no

no

no

Hair care products

yes

no

no

no

Medicines (past use by date)

yes

no

no

no

Kitchen

Cooking oil

no

no

yes

no

Insect sprays

no

no

no

yes

Drain cleaner/disinfectant

yes

no

no

no

Floor care products

no

no

yes

yes

Metal polish with solvent

no

no

yes

yes

Window and ammonia based cleaners

yes

no

no

no

Garage

SewerImage of an asterisk

Transfer station

Rubbish binImage of an asterisk

Free drop off days

Antifreeze

yes

no

no

no

Car batteries

no

yes
(lead acid
type only)

no

yes

Brake fluid

no

no

no

yes

Motor oils, sump oil and gear oil (maximum 20 litres)

no

yes

no

yes

Petrol and marine fuel

no

no

no

yes

Windshield washer solution

yes

no

no

no

Garden

Fungicide/insecticide

no

no

no

yes

Herbicides and weed killers

no

no

no

yes

Other

SewerImage of an asterisk

Transfer station

Rubbish binImage of an asterisk

Free drop off days

Batteries no yes yes yes

Paints and mediums (maximum 20 litres)

no

yes

yes

yes

Dry-cleaning solvents

no

no

no

yes

Fibre glass resins

no

no

yes

yes

Gas cylinders (BBQ size, maximum of six 9kg bottles)

no

yes

no

yes

Swimming pool chemicals

no

no

no

yes

Photographic chemicals

no

no

no

yes

Smoke detectors

no

no

yes

yes

Fire extinguishers

no

no

no

yes

Compact fluorescent light bulbs no yes no yes
Asbestos no no no no

asteriskSewer - after mixing the chemical with lots of water, you can put small quantities of these products down the sewer (through your toilet or sink). Never put these chemicals into septic tanks or down stormwater drains because they will harm the environment.

asteriskRubbish bin - you can only put small amounts of household hazardous waste in your rubbish bin. Small amounts of liquid, such as paint, can be dried and solidified by adding a material to soak up the liquid such as kitty litter, soil or grass clippings. Alternatively, pour liquids onto newspaper and cover them with absorbent material. Empty paint tins with minimal paint residue can be recycled and placed in your recycled bin.

More information

Contact Council if you have questions about hazardous waste.

For trade waste, contact Queensland Urban Utilities.