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.

The next events will be held around February/March 2020. Check back in the new year for details.

Acceptable items include:

  • 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.

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.

Chemical CleanOut project is a NSW EPA 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.

FacilityBatteries acceptedFluorescent globes acceptedFluorescent tubes acceptedMobile phones and accessories accepted
Bateau Bay LibraryYesYesNoYes
Buttonderry Waste Management FacilityYesYesYesYes
Erina LibraryYesYesNoYes
Ettalong 50+ Leisure and Learning CentreYesNoNoNo
Gosford 50+ Leisure and Learning CentreYesNoNoNo
Gosford Council ChambersYesYesNoYes
Gosford LibraryYesYesNoYes
Kariong Child Care CentreYesNoNoNo
Kincumber Waste Management FacilityYesYesYesYes
Kincumber LibraryYesYesNoYes
Lake Haven LibraryYesYesNoYes
Niagara Park Children's CentreYesNoNoNo
Peninsula Leisure CentreYesNoNoNo
Terrigal 50+ Leisure & Learning CentreYesNoNoNo
Terrigal Children’s CentreYesNoNoNo
The Entrance LibraryYesYesNoYes
Toukley LibraryYesYesNoYes
Tuggerah LibraryYesYesNoYes
Umina Child Care CentreYesNoNoNo
Umina LibraryYesYesNoYes
Woy Woy Waste Management FacilityYesYesYesYes
Woy Woy LibraryYesYesNoYes
Wyoming Community CentreYesNoNoNo
Wyong Civic CentreYesYesYesYes

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:

BudgewoiTenth Ave Pharmacy - 56a Tenth Avenue
ChittawayChittaway Pharmacy - Shop 4 Chittaway Centre, Chittaway Road
East GosfordChemcare - 75 Victoria Avenue
East GosfordEast Gosford Pharmacy - 69 Victoria Street
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
KanwalAmcal Max - Kanwal Village Shop 1/260 Wallarah Road
KincumberKincumber Village Pharmacy - Shop 4 Avoca Drive
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
Toowoon BayToowoon Bay Pharmacy - 96 Toowoon Bay Rd
ToukleyAmcal Pharmacy - Cnr Canton Beach Rd & Main Rd
TuggerahAmcal Pharmacy - Shop 1147-1149 Westfield Shopping Centre
TuggerahTerry White Chemmart - Shop 1070 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
Woy WoyClarkes Amcal Pharmacy - Shop 4 Peninsula Plaza Blackwall Road
Woy WoyPriceline Pharmacy - Shop 6 Deepwater Plaza George Street
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 : Wed 28 Aug 2019