Disposing hazardous waste

Household chemicals

Central Coast Council holds free household chemical collections four times per year in conjunction with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

You 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.

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

The next Chemical CleanOut on the Central Coast will be held between 9am-3.30pm at:

  • Gosford Showground Car Park on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February 2019

  • Long Jetty Council Depot on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March 2019

To find out more information on chemical collection dates, accepted products or storing/transporting unwanted chemicals, refer to the NSW Household Chemical CleanOut web site.

Batteries and light globes

Batteries and fluorescent lights contain harmful elements such as mercury, alkaline and lead acid, which can cause major environmental hazards and can also pose health risks if they end up in landfill. Central Coast Council has a free recycling program for residents to bring in their unwanted batteries, light globes and fluorescent tubes to nominated collection points.

Please note: Fluorescent tubes and light globes must be clean and unbroken to be accepted.

FacilityBatteries acceptedFluorescent globes acceptedFluorescent tubes accepted
Bateau Bay LibraryYesNoNo
Erina LibraryYesNoNo
Ettalong 50+ Leisure and Learning CentreYesNoNo
Gosford 50+ Leisure and Learning CentreYesNoNo
Gosford Council ChambersYesNoNo
Gosford LibraryYesNoNo
Kariong Child Care CentreYesNoNo
Kincumber Waste Management FacilityYesYesYes
Kincumber LibraryYesNoNo
Lake Haven LibraryYesYesNo
Niagara Park Children's CentreYesNoNo
Peninsula Leisure CentreYesNoNo
Terrigal 50+ Leisure & Learning CentreYesNoNo
Terrigal Children’s CentreYesNoNo
The Entrance LibraryYesNoNo
Toukley LibraryYesNoNo
Tuggerah LibraryYesYesNo
Umina Child Care CentreYesNoNo
Umina LibraryYesNoNo
Woy Woy Waste Management FacilityYesYesYes
Woy Woy LibraryYesNoNo
Wyoming Community CentreYesNoNo
Wyong Civic CentreYesYesYes

The free recycling of batteries and lamps is made possible by funding through the NSW EPA's Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

Needles, sharps and syringes

Used syringes pose a health risk to the community and so safe disposal bins must be provided. Needle and syringe disposal bins can be found in hospital grounds, council amenity buildings, parks and reserves. Medical sharps can also be taken to participating pharmacies and public hospitals in a puncture-resistant container such as a coffee or paint tin.

Pharmacies accepting used syringes:

BudgewoiTenth Ave Pharmacy - 56a Tenth Avenue
ChittawayChittaway Pharmacy - Shop 4 Chittaway Centre, Chittaway Road
East GosfordChemcare - 75 Victoria Avenue
Erina Fair Shopping CentreMega Save Chemist (Shop 343-344), Blooms The Chemist (Shop T74), Chemist Warehouse (Shop T1)
Ettalong BeachChemsave - 249 Ocean View Road
GosfordChemist Warehouse - 125 Mann Street, Amcal Phillips Pharmacy - Imperial Shopping Centre
GorokanGorokan Pharmacy - 70 Wallarah Road
GwandalanGwandalan Pharmacy - 65 Gamban Road
KincumberKincumber Village Pharmacy - Shop 4 Avoca Drive
KanwalAmcal Max - Kanwal Village Shop 1/260 Wallarah Road
NoravilleAmcal Pharmacy - 368 Main Rd
OurimbahOurimbah Pharmacy - Shop 3, 35 Pacific Hwy
San RemoPriceline Pharmacy Northlakes - Shop 18, 21 Pacific Hwy
SaratogaBlooms the Chemist - Shop 11 Village Road
The EntranceThe Entrance Chemsave Pharmacy - 191 The Entrance Road
ToukleyAmcal Pharmacy - Cnr Canton Beach Rd & Main Rd
Toowoon BayToowoon Bay Pharmacy - 96 Toowoon Bay Rd
TuggerahAmcal Pharmacy - Shop 1147-1149 Westfield Shopping Centre
Umina BeachBlooms the Chemist - Cnr Lone Pine Avenue and Ocean Beach Road
WadalbaAmcal Max - 1/2 Edward Stinson Ave
WamberalWamberal Pharmacist Advice - 658 The Entrance Road
West GosfordChemsave Pharmacy - West Gosford Shopping Centre
WoongarrahWarnervale Chemist Care - 3 Mary McKillop Drive
Woy WoyKuoch Chemist - 43 Blackwall Road
WyongOptimal Pharmacy Plus - Shop 20-21 Wyong Village Central, Blooms The Chemist - 74 Pacific Highway


Unwanted or expired medicines should be returned to a local pharmacy for safe disposal by high temperature incineration. Medicines should not be disposed of in the general waste bin or poured into the sink or toilet as this could result in environmental damage.

For more information, visit the Return Unwanted Medicines Project web site.


Asbestos can have serious health implications if inappropriately handled. To learn more about where asbestos might be located in your home and how to manage it safely, visit our Asbestos page.

Central Coast asbestos disposal facilities

Asbestos originating from the Central Coast Local Government Area can be disposed of at our Buttonderry and Woy Woy Waste Management Facilities. For more information, visit our Waste Facilities page.

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Last updated : Tue 31 Jul 2018