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
- 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 4 and Sunday 5 August 2018
- Charmhaven Council Depot on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2018
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.
|Facility||Batteries accepted||Fluorescent globes accepted||Fluorescent tubes accepted|
|Bateau Bay Library||Yes||No||No|
|Ettalong 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre||Yes||No||No|
|Gosford 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre||Yes||No||No|
|Gosford Council Chambers||Yes||No||No|
|Kariong Child Care Centre||Yes||No||No|
|Kincumber Waste Management Facility||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Lake Haven Library||Yes||Yes||No|
|Niagara Park Children's Centre||Yes||No||No|
|Peninsula Leisure Centre||Yes||No||No|
|Terrigal 50+ Leisure & Learning Centre||Yes||No||No|
|Terrigal Children’s Centre||Yes||No||No|
|The Entrance Library||Yes||No||No|
|Umina Child Care Centre||Yes||No||No|
|Woy Woy Waste Management Facility||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Woy Woy Library||Yes||No||No|
|Wyoming Community Centre||Yes||No||No|
|Wyong Civic Centre||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. 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|
|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|
|Kincumber||Kincumber Village Pharmacy - Shop 4 Avoca Drive|
|Kanwal||Amcal Max - Kanwal Village Shop 1/260 Wallarah Road|
|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|
|Toukley||Amcal Pharmacy - Cnr Canton Beach Rd & Main Rd|
|Toowoon Bay||Toowoon Bay Pharmacy - 96 Toowoon Bay Rd|
|Tuggerah||Amcal Pharmacy - Shop 1147-1149 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|
|Wyong||Optimal 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.