Hazardous wastes are wastes or products that have the potential to harm humans or the environment, either now or in the future. There are many options to help you dispose of household hazardous wastes safely, protect the environment and keep your home safe. Recycling programs are available for some hazardous wastes.
Over the last two decades, there have been major changes to the way Australians manage their waste. Recycling has increased but so has the amount of waste we are generating, including the quantity of hazardous waste.
Household hazardous waste
The average Australian household stores many hazardous substances or products that contain harmful elements. It can be dangerous to dispose of hazardous wastes through regular rubbish collections. Examples of household hazardous waste include:Solvent-based paintsPesticides and other garden chemicalsBatteries (for example car, mobile phone or regular household batteries)Motor oils (for example from cars or mowers)Petrol and keroseneCleaning and polishing chemicalsSwimming pool or spa bath chemicalsPharmaceuticals (all medicines)Obsolete computer equipmentThermometers, barometers, thermostats, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent globes (CFLs).
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