Disposing hazardous waste

Household chemicals

In conjunction with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), we host free bi-annual Household Chemical CleanOut events across two locations.

Upcoming Household Chemical CleanOut events:

  • 24 & 25 July 2021, 9am-3.30pm - Event Park, Kangoo Road Kariong
  • 31 July & 1 August 2021, 9am-3.30pm - Council Charmhaven Works Depot, Chelmsford Road Charmhaven

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

This project is a NSW Environment Protection Authority Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

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.

Facility

Batteries accepted

Fluorescent globes accepted

Fluorescent tubes accepted

Mobile phones and accessories accepted

Bateau Bay Library

Yes

No

No

Yes

Buttonderry Waste Management Facility

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Erina Library

Yes

No

No

Yes

Ettalong 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre

Yes

No

No

No

Gosford 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre

Yes

No

No

No

Gosford Council Chambers

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Gosford Library

Yes

No

No

Yes

Kariong Child Care Centre

Yes

No

No

No

Kincumber Waste Management Facility
This facility is currently closed, pending a review of future operations.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Kincumber Library

Yes

No

No

Yes

Lake Haven Library

Yes

No

No

Yes

Niagara Park Children's Centre

Yes

No

No

No

Peninsula Leisure Centre

Yes

No

No

No

Terrigal 50+ Leisure & Learning Centre

Yes

No

No

No

Terrigal Children’s Centre

Yes

No

No

No

The Entrance Library

Yes

No

No

Yes

Toukley Library

Yes

No

No

Yes

Tuggerah Library

Yes

No

No

Yes

Umina Child Care Centre

Yes

No

No

No

Umina Library

Yes

No

No

Yes

Woy Woy Waste Management Facility

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Woy Woy Library

Yes

No

No

Yes

Wyoming Community Centre

Yes

No

No

No

Wyong Civic Centre

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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 and used. 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:

Budgewoi

Tenth Ave Pharmacy - 56a Tenth Avenue

Chittaway

Chittaway Pharmacy - Shop 4 Chittaway Centre, Chittaway Road

East Gosford

Chemcare - 75 Victoria Avenue

East Gosford

East Gosford Pharmacy - 69 Victoria Street

Erina Fair Shopping Centre

Mega Save Chemist (Shop 343-344), Blooms The Chemist (Shop T74), Chemist Warehouse (Shop T1)

Ettalong Beach

Chemsave - 249 Ocean View Road

Gosford

Chemist Warehouse - 125 Mann Street, Amcal Phillips Pharmacy - Imperial Shopping Centre

Gorokan

Gorokan Pharmacy - 70 Wallarah Road

Gwandalan

Gwandalan Pharmacy - 65 Gamban Road

Kanwal

Amcal Max - Kanwal Village Shop 1/260 Wallarah Road

Kincumber

Kincumber Village Pharmacy - Shop 4 Avoca Drive

Noraville

Amcal Pharmacy - 368 Main Rd

Ourimbah

Ourimbah Pharmacy - Shop 3, 35 Pacific Hwy

San Remo

Priceline Pharmacy Northlakes - Shop 18, 21 Pacific Hwy

Saratoga

Blooms the Chemist - Shop 11 Village Road

The Entrance

The Entrance Chemsave Pharmacy - 191 The Entrance Road

Toowoon Bay

Toowoon Bay Pharmacy - 96 Toowoon Bay Rd

Toukley

Amcal Pharmacy - Cnr Canton Beach Rd & Main Rd

Tuggerah

Amcal Pharmacy - Shop 1147-1149 Westfield Shopping Centre

Tuggerah

Terry White Chemmart - Shop 1070 Westfield Shopping Centre

Umina Beach

Blooms the Chemist - Cnr Lone Pine Avenue and Ocean Beach Road

Wadalba

Amcal Max - 1/2 Edward Stinson Ave

Wamberal

Wamberal Pharmacist Advice - 658 The Entrance Road

West Gosford

Chemsave Pharmacy - West Gosford Shopping Centre

Woongarrah

Warnervale Chemist Care - 3 Mary McKillop Drive

Woy Woy

Kuoch Chemist - 43 Blackwall Road

Woy Woy

Clarkes Amcal Pharmacy - Shop 4 Peninsula Plaza Blackwall Road

Woy Woy

Priceline Pharmacy - Shop 6 Deepwater Plaza George Street

Wyong

Optimal Pharmacy Plus - Shop 20-21 Wyong Village Central, Blooms The Chemist - 74 Pacific Highway

Marine Flares

You can safely dispose of your old flares at one of the Roads and Maritime collections in November, January and April. Most flares have a use-by date of three years, and they must be replaced before the expiry date. Dates and locations of upcoming collections are available on the 1coast website.

Medicines

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

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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