Council’s Hawkesbury Household Chemical CleanOut

Council’s annual Hawkesbury Household Chemical CleanOut event will be held on Sunday, 28 July from 9am to 3:30pm at Hawkesbury Showground, 1 Racecourse Road, Clarendon (enter via Gate 1).

This event is free for all residents and it is safest and most convenient way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals. It also keeps your home and community safe by getting rid of chemicals.

The Hawkesbury Household Chemical CleanOut event in 2018 was a record-breaking event, with more residents attending than in any previous year. In total, 720 residents attended the event to dispose of household chemicals like paints, motor oils, pesticides and herbicides, car batteries, gas bottles and fire extinguishers.  Business-related and commercial quantities of chemicals are not accepted. Please enquire with a commercial waste operator or visit for commercial waste disposal.

What can residents take to a Household Chemical CleanOut event?

Hawkesbury residents can take household quantities of the following household chemicals and items – up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a single item:

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

Results of previous Hawkesbury Household Chemical CleanOuts


Number of cars that attended

Total Tonnages



24.5 tonnes



32 tonnes



34.7 tonnes



40.5 tonnes



25 tonnes



40 tonnes

These results show that Hawkesbury residents are committed to doing the right thing and want to safely dispose of their chemicals.

The community should be congratulated for an outstanding result which will help protect our local environment and make homes safer for residents.

Hawkesbury City Council is holding the Hawkesbury Household Chemical CleanOut with the support and funding from the NSW Environment Protection Authority. For more information, including tips on storage and transporting chemicals to the event, visit or phone 131 555.

Hawkesbury Community Recycling Centre

The Hawkesbury Community Recycling Centre has been open since December 2018 and has received 22,218kg of material with an estimated 1,680 residents using the service since it opened. It is located at the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility at 1 The Driftway, South Windsor.Chemical Cleanout

The Community Recycling Centre is different from the Household Chemical CleanOut Event and only accepts the following items:

  • Paint
  • Gas Bottles
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Motor Oils and Other Oils
  • Car and Household Batteries
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Fluro Globes and Tubes

Only household quantities are accepted at the Community Recycling Centre - maximum 20 kilogram or 20 litre containers accepted. Dangerous goods and items other than those listed will not be accepted.

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