Household Hazardous Waste

Council in partnership with Adelaide City Council, City of Unley and Zero Waste SA held a free household hazardous waste drop off day on 1 November 2014 at the Adelaide Showgrounds. The day was a great success with 532 vehicles disposing of 16,411kg of household chemicals! Mitcham residents took advantage of this event with over 270 vehicles coming from our Council area. Thank you to our residents for supporting this event and showing their dedication towards being environmentally responsible.

Paint, oil and batteries were the top three items collected on the day, but did you know that you don’t have to wait for a collection day to dispose of these items?


Most batteries can be recycled.

Household batteries can be dropped off at:

  • City of Mitcham Civic Centre, 131 Belair Road, Torrens Park
  • Mitcham Library, 154 Belair Road, Hawthorn
  • Blackwood Library, 215 Main Road, Blackwood

Car and truck batteries, non ferrous metals can be taken to:

  • Blackwood Firewood and Recycling, Main Road (opposite Blackwood Railway Station), Blackwood
  • The Edmonds Group, 389 Glen Osmond Road, Glen Osmond
  • Supercheap Auto, 1031-1037 South Road, Melrose Park
  • Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton
  • Daws Road Bottle Co, 76 Daws Road, Edwardstown

Fluorescent Globes and Energy Saving Bulbs

End of life globes can be disposed of at the counter of any Mitre 10 or True Value hardware stores at no cost. This includes compact fluorescent lamps, fluorescent tubes, incandescent gloves and halogen lamps, tubes and bulbs from residential properties. These globes will be recycled and prevent the mercury contained in some globes from harming the environment.

Rember, light globes must not go into any of your bins at home.

The closest Mitre 10 and True Value hardware stores are:

  • Domain Mitre 10, 421 Goodwood Road, Westbourne Park, phone 8272 9311
  • Banner Mitre 10 Blackwood, 191 Main Road, Blackwood, phone 8278 8211
  • Blackwood True Value Hardware, 235 Main Road, Blackwood, phone 8278 2171

Gas Bottles

Empty gas bottles can be taken to any 'Swap and Go' location and replaced at cost with a gas bottle that has been filled correctly and checked by technicians. Click here for 'Swap and Go' locations: Many hardware stores and service stations also offer a similiar service.

Empty gas cylinders can be disposed of at:

  • Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plymptom

  • Metro Waste Services, 19-25 Murray Street, Thebarton


Do not place used motor or cooking oils in any kerbside collection bin as it is banned from landfill.

Unwanted oils can be taken to:

Any household hazardous waste drop off days held within the City of Mitcham will be advertised on Council’s webpage and in the Messenger.


Dry paint is perfectly safe to dispose of in your waste bin.

You can harden paint at home by simply leaving the lid off or adding a paint hardener purchased from a hardware store. Tap the hardened paint out of the tin and place in the waste bin. Empty, dry paint tins can be recycled in the yellow recycling bin.

Alternatively, liquid paint can be recycled for free through the Paintback program. See below for a list of participants or visit for more details:

  • 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

Household Hazardous Waste Depot

Throughout the year Zero Waste SA operate a Household Hazardous Waste Depot to help you safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals in an environmentally safe way. The depot is located at corner Magazine Road and Henschke Street, Dry Creek and is open 9 am to 12 pm on the first Tuesday of every month.

Accepted products include:

  • Kitchen: Aersol can, floor care products, polishes and oven cleaners.
  • Bathroom: Pharmaceuticals, medicines, bathroom cleaners, nail polish and remover.
  • Workshop: Paint strippers, cutting oil, solvent-based glues, any paints, thinners, acetone, turpentine, varnish, wood preservative and rust remover.
  • Garden: Fertiliser, fungicides, weed killers, insecticides, pesticides and rat poison
  • Garage: Batteries, battery acid, transmission and brake fluids, car wax with solvent, petrol, diesel, kerosene, motor oil, sump oil and coolant.
  • Miscellaneous: Acids, alkalis, artists’ paints, dry cleaning solvents, fibreglass resins (not mixed), mercury batteries, NiCads, mothballs, photographic chemicals, swimming pool chemicals, smoke detectors, fluorescent light tubes, compact fluorescent lamps and gas bottles (empty).

Click here to view Zero Waste SA Household Hazardous Waste Depot flyer

Temporary Drop-off Points

Zero Waste will partner with metropolitan and regional councils to hold temporary household hazardous waste drop off days throughout the year. Residents across South Australia can visit any of these drop-off points to dispose of unwanted household hazardous wastes. Click here for information on these temporary drop-off points.

Further Information

Visit Zero Waste SA Household Hazardous Waste to find out more information.

If you require further information on the disposal of household chemicals visit Zero Waste SA or contact the Waste Management Officer at Council on 8372 8888.

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