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Chemical Clean Out

Each year Council supports a couple of collection days that give you the chance to get rid of unwanted chemicals for free. These days are a collaborative project with the NSW EPA.

Just be sure to transport your chemical materials carefully so they don’t leak or break, and please remain in your vehicle at the drop off site.

Details of our next Chemical​ Clean Out are below:

When: 9am - 3.30pm, Sun 25 August 2019 (no queuing before 8.30am)

Where: Fred Finch Park Sporting Complex car park, off Bedford St, Berkeley

You can bring:

  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia based cleaners
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Car batteries
  • Motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • Paint and paint related products
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis

You can take household quantities of the above household chemical items up to 20kg or 20 litres of a single item.   

It is important to note that Asbestos is NOT included in the Chemical Clean Out collection. Please see the Asbestos section below to find out the correct way to dispose of this material.

For more information visit the Clean Out page, or call the Environment Line on 131 555.



Between the 1950s and mid 1980s asbestos was widely used by the construction industry. Asbestos was gradually phased out of building materials in the late 1980s and the supply and installation of asbestos containing goods has been prohibited in Australia since 31 December 2003.

 If you are renovating a home, as a general rule, a house built:

  • before the mid 1980s - is highly likely to contain asbestos containing products.

  • between the mid 1980s and 1990 - is likely to contain asbestos containing products.

  • after 1990 - is unlikely to contain asbestos containing products. However, some houses built in the 1990s and early 2000s may have still used asbestos cement materials until the total ban on any activity involving asbestos products became effective from December 2003.

Pipelines installed prior to 1992, particularly black surface coated and grey surface pipes, may contain asbestos.

So before you start renovations, it's an idea to read up on asbestos so you know what it is, and what precautions you should take with renovations and repairs around your home. Below are some useful links:

Companies where you can drop off your asbestos waste in the local region

Council recommends you contact a licensed asbestos removal company for any asbestos-related work on or around your home.

Visit the Environment Protection Authority website for details on the legal requirements for disposal of asbestos.  Please refer to the links in this page for further information on legal and safety requirements with regards to asbestos prior to performing any works on or around your home.

*Companies that can accept asbestos waste in the local region

Affective Services Pty Ltd, 111-117 Montague St, North Wollongong  2500

Contacts: Ph. 4227 6222   Fax. 4229 3633  Email.

Charge: Minimum charge $150 (including GST). For all pricing enquiries, please contact Affective Services Pty Ltd.

Receivable hours: 8am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

P&D Envirotech Pty Ltd, 13 Rivulet Crescent, Albion Park Rail  2527

Contacts: Ph. 4256 8801  Email.

Charge: $1.20/kg includes GST. Minimum charge $50 (excluding GST). For all pricing enquiries, please contact P&D Envirotech Pty Ltd

Receivable hours: 8am to 3pm, Monday to Friday - by appointment only.

 *The listing of companies is maintained by Council free of charge. If a company in the local region has the correct and valid WorkCover and EPA licences to accept asbestos at their site and wishes to be listed they should email their contact and other relevant information to              

This list and the information provided on this website is for information purposes only and Council does not represent or warrant the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any information or data contained on this website or any linked website. Council exclude liability, including any liability for negligence, for any loss, including indirect or consequential damages, arising from or in relation to your use of this website or any linked websites, or reliance on any information or data contained on those websites. Council does not accept any responsibility for any relationship created between a listed business and you and does not in any way warrant that the listed businesses are suitable for your needs, properly licensed or that their services wll be performed in accordance with your needs or legislative requirements.       

 It's also important to note, it's illegal to dispose of asbestos in a domestic garbage bin or to dump it.

Just so you know, asbestos isn't accepted at Wollongong Waste and Resource Recovery Park at Kembla Grange, and must be taken to a licensed facility. Asbestos is not included in the Chemical Clean Out collection either.

Lead and Your Health

Historically, lead was widely used because it was cheap and its properties enhanced certain products. The amount of paint containing lead has decreased significantly over the years.  Lead paint consisted of up to 50% lead before 1970, it dropped to 1% lead by 1992, down to 0.25% lead by 1997 and today lead paint may still contain up to 0.1% lead.

Some areas where lead can be found in and around your home include

  • interior and exterior paint in homes

  • lead dust in ceiling cavities, carpets, furniture and in other places where dust tends to accumulate as well as in the soil* around the home - some of this dust may be from before the 1980s when petrol contained high levels of lead

  • lead fumes from the use of tools such as a heat gun or soldering iron to heat up a lead surface

  • lead water pipes, leadlight windows, PVC products, lead sheeting and paints in various products

  • Workers in a lead industry bringing dust home on clothes or tools which can contaminate a home or family

  • Hobbies involving working with lead or lead paint which can accidentally expose you or others to lead.  

Exposure to lead is linked with harmful effects on many organs and bodily functions. People of all ages may be harmed by lead but the risks are greatest for unborn babies, infants and children. Factors which influence the symptoms and health effects include the age and health status of the person, the amount of lead, and the duration of exposure.

It is well established that elevated blood lead levels can have harmful effects including anaemia, kidney problems and neurological or developmental effects, particularly in children.  If you suspect that you or your family have been exposed to lead, visit your doctor for further advice. 

Lead Safety

Visit the EPA's website for information about lead safety, including factsheets in English, Simplified Chinese (Mandarin) and Arabic.


VegeSafe is a Macquarie University community orientated program that seeks to inform people about metals in their garden soils.  This program provides residents with a FREE sampling program for domestic and community garden soils.

Visit Macquarie University's website to participate in the Macquarie University FREE soil metal testing VegeSafe program.

To find out more about actions to prevent lead exposure from lead-contaminated soil or for a comprehensive list of lead exposure prevention tips visit

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