Hazardous Waste

How can I dispose of hazardous waste?

Not everything can be disposed of in your bins at home, including:

Find your nearest oil recycler here by typing in 'Oil' at the Recycle Right search engine.

All chemists will take unused or unwanted pills and medications. See the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project website

Light globes 
Banner, Mitre 10 and True Value hardware stores accept all household globes, tubes and CFLs for recycling for free, find your nearest store here

Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Rd, North Plympton, ph: 8295 5077.  
BatteryWorld stores run a nation-wide battery recycling service in all stores, find your nearest store here.

Liquid paint 
Unwanted paint can be allowed to harden, then tapped out into the red lidded waste bin and the tin placed in the yellow lidded recycling bin. 

For disposal of liquid paint, please visit PaintBack  for your nearest location

Smoke alarm/detectors 
These can be placed in the waste bin, see the EPA website for more details

LPG Gas bottles
Refill through Swap ‘n’ Go exchange at most service stations. Accepted free at Elgas Ltd.1 Newfield Road Para Hills West, 8368 4700. See below for more details.

Sharps can be disposed of through the Safe Sharps project, visit the website for your nearest location

Zero Waste SA

Zero Waste SA provides an environmentally safe service for the collection of hazardous household wastes and farm chemicals at a depot located at 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton.

The depot is open Monday to Friday 7am-4pm, Saturdays 8am-3pm, and Sundays 10am-3pm.

No business/commercial wastes accepted.

Alternative arrangements may be made for country patrons.

Zero Waste depot will accept

tick Pesticides/insecticides/herbicides
tick Solvents eg thinners
tick Acids/alkalis
tick Paints/varnishes/stains (liquids only)
tick Pool chemicals


Zero Waste depot will not accept

cross Explosives, ammunition, boat flares (contact Local Police Station)
cross Smoke detectors (these can be placed in your waste bin)
cross Asbestos (contact EPA or SafeWork SA for further advice)

This service is only available to householders and farmers. The Zero Waste depot will not accept wastes from businesses.

Further information may be obtained by visiting Zero Waste, or calling them on (08) 8204 1947.


Dry paint is perfectly safe to dispose of in your waste bin. You can harden paint by simply leaving the lid off or by adding a paint hardener purchased from a hardware store. Tap the dry paint into your waste bin. Empty, dry paint tins can be placed into the yellow recycling bin.

For disposal of liquid paint please visit for your nearest location or contact the below participants:

  • Beverley Recycling and Waste Centre, 2-4 Toogood Ave Beverley, phone 1300 390 380
  • Hackham Recyclers, 16 Cottage Lane Hackham, phone 8384 8667
  • Wingfield -Cleanaway, George Street Wingfield, phone 8344 0900
  • NAWMA Resource Recovery Centre, Gate 3 Bellchambers Road Edinburgh North, phone 1800 111 004 or 8259 2110


Other items

Gas Bottles can be disposed of at the following two facilities:

  • Maxbilt Trading Centre
    30 Beulah Road, Norwood
    Ph: (08) 8363 1955
    (They charge a  $3 handling fee)
  • Adelaide Fuel
    61 Seaford Road,
    Seaford Meadows SA 5169
    Ph: (08) 8386 1055
    (They will take them for free)

Flares, ammunition and explosives:

  • SA Police
    Ph: 131 444

Radioactive materials:

  • EPA Radiation Protection branch
    Ph: (08) 8463 7826

Safe transportation of hazardous household waste to collection facilities:

It is important to use safe handling procedures when transporting household hazardous wastes to your collection point:

  • Always handle hazardous wastes carefully and avoid direct contact. Wear protective gear/equipment where possible.
  • Prior to transporting, ensure lids are tightly fitted and hazardous wastes are securely packed in a non-returnable crate or box. Place leaking containers into a sealed container prior to transportation.
  • If possible retain all labels or label chemicals clearly where known.
  • When transporting, put the crate or box on a tarpaulin in the boot of the car.