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 (Kariong and Charmhaven). 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:

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 1300 463 954, 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

Noraville

Pharmacy

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)

Council also offers visitors staying at our holiday parks access to disposal bins located within the toilet blocks on site, with the exception of Patonga Camping Grounds (for assistance please directly speak with our counter staff).

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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Last updated : Tue 19 Jul 2022