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Household hazardous waste

Use this page to find out how you can safely dispose of hazardous household waste in Brisbane.

Household hazardous waste includes everyday products such as bleach, garden and pool chemicals, and cleaning solvents purchased from supermarkets and hardware stores.

Storing household hazardous waste

Storing household chemicals around your home after you no longer need them, means you could:

  • injure or poison someone if they drink, inhale or get burnt by them
  • endanger yourself and your property if the chemicals ignite, explode or release toxic fumes in the event of fire
  • receive a fine for damaging the environment if the chemicals leak while 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. They can potentially cause fires in bins or garbage trucks, creating a safety hazard for truck drivers, the community and the environment.

Use the safe disposal methods table to dispose of your household hazardous waste correctly. Alternatively, dispose of household hazardous waste safely at a free drop-off day at one of Brisbane City Council's resource recovery centres.

Free resource recovery

A 20 litre limit for each chemical or product applies per customer per visit. The following items are accepted at Council's resource recovery centres:

  • batteries (household and lead acid batteries)
  • empty gas bottles (a maximum of up to six 9 kilogram gas bottles)
  • electronic waste
  • fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
  • used mineral engine oil.

Paint quantities up to 100 litres per customer per visit are accepted at Council’s resource recovery centres.

Free drop-off days

Throughout the year, Brisbane residents can drop off the items indicated in the safe disposal methods table. You can do this 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 to residents and commercial operators.

The list below is the projected dates for free drop-off days for the period 2019-20.

These projected dates are for your convenience. Check the confirmed date on Council’s events calendar closer to the date. View upcoming event listings.

  • 2 March 2019 – Willawong Resource Recovery Centre
  • 1 June 2019 – Ferny Grove Resource Recovery Centre
  • 7 September 2019 – Chandler Resource Recovery Centre
  • 7 December 2019 – Nudgee Resource Recovery Centre
  • 7 March 2020 – Willawong Resource Recovery Centre
  • 6 June 2020 – Ferny Grove Resource Recovery Centre
  • 5 September 2020 – Chandler Resource Recovery Centre
  • 5 December 2020 – Nudgee Resource Recovery Centre. 

Safe disposal methods for household hazardous waste table

Read how to dispose of hazardous waste from your:

Material SewerImage of an asterisk Resource recovery centre 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)

no +

no

no

no

Wet wipes no ++ no yes no
Cotton buds no no yes no
Material SewerImage of an asterisk Resource recovery centre Rubbish binImage of an asterisk Free drop off days

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

Material

SewerImage of an asterisk

Resource recovery centre

Rubbish binImage of an asterisk

Free drop off days

Garage

Antifreeze

yes

no

no

yes

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

Material SewerImage of an asterisk Resource recovery centre Rubbish binImage of an asterisk Free drop off days

Garden

Fungicide/insecticide

no

no

no

yes

Herbicides and weed killers

no

no

no

yes

Material

SewerImage of an asterisk

Resource recovery centre

Rubbish binImage of an asterisk

Free drop off days

Other

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

Empty gas bottles (maximum of six bottles of up to 9kg)

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 yes yes
Asbestos no no no no

+ Medicines - while it is acceptable to dispose of small quantities of medicines to sewer, it is better to return them to the pharmacy where they were purchased.

++ Wet wipes - although commonly marked 'flushable' the majority of wet wipes are unsuitable for disposal to sewer. These should be disposed in your general waste bin instead.

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.

Dead animals

Phone Council on 07 3403 8888 to request the collection of a dead animal. 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.

More information

Contact Council if you have questions about hazardous waste.

For trade waste, contact Queensland Urban Utilities.