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How to dispose of cleaners, medications and cosmetics safely

Here are some answers to regularly asked questions.

Is it safe to dump cleaners, medications and cosmetics?

It is better to use up leftover products than to wastefully throw them away. Friends, relatives and neighbours may have a use for leftover useable cleaners. NEVER give away medications, especially if they have been prescribed to you.

Which cleaners are a disposal problem?

Cleaners that contain solvents can become a hazard to the environment. Some spot removers, floor and car waxes, furniture polishes and degreasers contain solvents. Your cleaner contains a solvent if ANY of the following warnings are on the product label:

  • flammable
  • combustible
  • contains petroleum distillates or aromatic hydrocarbons or hydrocarbons.

Cleaners that contain solvents should not be disposed of down a drain, in the garbage bin or down the toilet.

How can I get rid of cleaners containing solvents?

The best way to get rid of cleaners containing solvents is to use them up or give them to someone else to use. Friends, relatives and community organisations may have a use for your leftover cleaners. If you can't find a way to use up your leftover cleaners, you can store them until there is a Household Chemical Clean Out Collection which is held in the Shire yearly.

Which medications are a disposal problem?

Chemotherapy medications should not be poured down the drain, thrown in the garbage bin or flushed down a toilet. Do not dispose of prescription medication in a place where children or pets could access them. Most chemists or pharmacists will accept out of date medication or take the medications to the Household Chemical Clean Out Collection held in the Shire yearly.

Why are cosmetics a disposal problem?

Some cosmetics and most perfumes and fragrances are flammable. These cosmetics should not be poured down the drain, thrown in the garbage bin or flushed down a toilet. You should never smoke while spraying perfume. The best way to get rid of leftover cosmetics is to use them up, or give them to someone who can use them up. Friends, relatives or neighbours may be able to use them up. If you cannot find someone who has a use for them, store them safely until there is a Household Chemical Clean Out Collection which is held in the Shire yearly.

Contact us

If you have any questions about hazardous waste, contact:

  • Council's Waste Minimisation Officer T: 02 4474 1029
  • The Office of Environment and Heritage T: 131 555