In conjunction with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), we host free bi-annual Household Chemical CleanOut events across two locations (Kincumber and Long Jetty). Upcoming Household Chemical CleanOut events are listed in our event calendar. If there is no current listing, the next event dates are still to be confirmed.
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.
Community Recycling Centre
The Community Recycling Centre is located at the Buttonderry Waste Management Facility. The facility is purpose-built for residential customers only. To see which problem items are accepted for free at the Community Recycling Centre, visit the EPA Community Recycling Centre website.
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, mobile phones and fluorescent tubes to nominated collection points.
Please Note – Please do not place these items into your general waste bins, as they may catch fire in the waste collection trucks or onsite at our landfills. Fluorescent tubes and light globes must be clean and unbroken to be accepted.
Batteries, light globes and mobile phones (and accessories) are able to be dropped off at:
- Council libraries
- Waste Management Facilities – Buttonderry and Woy Woy
- Council’s Administration Building, Wyong (50 Hely Street, Wyong).
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
Central Coast Council offers free community sharps, needle and syringe disposal bins that can be found on Gosford and Wyong hospital grounds, within council amenity buildings, parks and reserves (and in non-commercial quantities). Medical sharps can also be taken to one of the participating pharmacies in a puncture-resistant container (no glass containers will be accepted). Specific purpose containers are available from participating pharmacies.
For needles, sharps or syringes found within our community, please either contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 4306 7900, who will lodge a request to report an issue or call the Needle Clean Up Hotline on 1800 633 353 and organise for safe removal and disposal.
Council recommends that you do not attempt to physically remove any needles as this will place yourself and our Council staff in serious risk of needle stick injury.
Pharmacies accepting used syringes:
|Bateau Bay||Cresthaven Pharmacy – Shop 8, 161-173 Cresthaven Avenue|
|Berkeley Vale||Berkeley Vale Pharmacy – 252 Lakeridge Avenue|
|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 (Terrigal Drive)||Health Save Chemist (Shop 343-344)|
|Erina Fair Shopping Centre (Terrigal Drive)||Blooms The Chemist (Shop T74)|
|Erina Fair Shopping Centre (Terrigal Drive)||Chemist Warehouse (Shop T1)|
|Ettalong Beach||Ettalong Beach|
|Gosford||Chemist Warehouse - 125 Mann Street Amcal Phillips Pharmacy – Level 1, 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||Priceline Kincumber - Shop 4, Kincumber Shopping Centre, Avoca Drive|
|Lake Munmorah||Friendly Pharmacy – Shop MO2 275 Pacific Highway|
|Ourimbah||Advantage Pharmacy - Shop 3, 35 Pacific Highway|
|San Remo||Priceline Pharmacy Northlakes - Shop 18, 21 Pacific Highway|
|Saratoga||Blooms the Chemist - Shop 11 Village Road|
|The Entrance||The Entrance Chemsave Pharmacy – 40-48 The Entrance Road|
|Toowoon Bay||Toowoon Bay Pharmacy - 96 Toowoon Bay Road|
|Toukley||Amcal Pharmacy - 237 Main Road|
|Toukley||Beachcomber Pharmacy – Shop 4, 45 Canton Beach Road|
|Tuggerah||Priceline Pharmacy - Shop 1147-1149 Westfield Shopping Centre|
|Tuggerah||Terry White Chemmart - Shop 1070 Westfield Shopping Centre|
|Umina Beach||Blooms the Chemist – 228 West Street|
|Wadalba||Amcal Max - 1/2 Edward Stinson Avenue|
|Wamberal||Wamberal Pharmacist Advice - 658 The Entrance Road|
|West Gosford||Amcal - West Gosford Shopping Centre Shop 17 299 Brisbane Water Drive|
|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|
|Wyong||Blooms The Chemist - 74 Pacific Highway|
Council Amenity Buildings and Parks/Reserves with a Sharps disposal Unit:
|Canton Beach||Playground - 9 Beach Parade|
|Gorokan||Wallarah Point Reserve, Wallarah Road|
|Gosford||Gosford Leagues Club Park, 10 Vaughan Avenue|
|Gosford||Kibble Park, 118 Donnison Street|
|Gosford||Burns Place Toilets, 200 Mann Street|
|Gosford||Donnison Street Carpark|
|Killarney Vale||Coles Carpark, 144 Wyong Road|
|Long Jetty||154 Tuggerah Parade|
|Long Jetty||Long Jetty Foreshore Reserve, Archbold Road|
|Shelly Beach||Swadling Street Reserve|
|The Entrance||The Entrance Visitor Centre, 46 Marine Parade|
|The Entrance||Karagi Point Reserve – 1 Hutton Road|
|Toukley||Toukley Village Green, Ron Alt Lane|
|Toukley||Toukley Gardens, 224 Main Road|
|Toukley||Osborne Park Playground – Peel Street|
|Umina||Umina Library, 275 West Street / Bullion Street|
|Watanobbi||Apex Playground – Watanobbi Road|
|Woy Woy||Woy Woy Tidal Baths, Brick Wharf Road|
|Wyong||8 Rankens Court|
For Visitors to the Central Coast:
|Budgewoi||2a Weemala Street, Budgewoi|
|Canton Beach||1 Oleander Street, Canton Beach|
|Norah Head||22/30 Victoria Street, Norah Head|
|Toowoon Bay||1 Koongara Street, Toowoon Bay|
|Patonga||Bay Street, Patonga (please discuss with staff onsite)|
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.
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.