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Hazardous waste

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.

What is hazardous waste?

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.

Some examples of hazardous wastes include:

  • solvent-based paints
  • pesticides and other garden chemicals
  • batteries
  • motor oils
  • petrol and kerosene
  • cleaning and polishing checmicals
  • swimming pool chemicals
  • pharmaceuticals
  • tyres
  • asbestos dust
  • obsolete computer equipment.

At the Albury Waste Management Centre, we  can accept hazardous items such as asbestos, sharps, oils and batteries but you do need to call us first to arrange a time and day for drop-off.

  • Asbestos keyboard_arrow_right

    The Albury Waste Management Centre (AWMC) is licensed to accept asbestos that has been removed and packed in accordance with legislative requirements.

    To ensure the safety of all Albury Waste Management Centre users and the environment, it is essential to declare asbestos waste either on entry or prior to arrival.

    Transporting Asbestos within NSW and interstate

    Commercial Purposes

    Asbestos transporters must report the movement of asbestos waste to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). To help industry meet its legal obligations, the EPA has developed a new Integrated Waste Tracking Solution (IWTS) for tracking and reporting on hazardous and regulated waste.

    If you’re involved with the transport or disposal of asbestos waste weighing more than 100 kilograms, or more than 10 square metres of asbestos sheeting in 1 load in NSW, you must track and report this waste to the EPA using the new IWTS.

    Weather inhibits asbestos disposal, where wet conditions are present please contact 02 6043 5860 to seek disposal approval.

    The IWTS generates a unique EPA consignment ID that allows each load to be monitored from the place of generation to the site of disposal. If you are planning on disposing of this waste at the AWMC, you will need to present this consignment ID upon entry. Persons not supplying the necessary information will be referred to EPA for their review.

    For more information on the IWTS system, refer to NSW EPAs website Integrated waste tracking solution (

    Commercial asbestos disposals will only be accepted during business hours between Monday and Fridays unless otherwise authorised.

    Residential Purposes

    Council will only accept less than 100 kilograms of asbestos waste material from residents. All asbestos receivals need to comply with the triple wrapping requirements. Loads exceeding this volume are to be managed by an experienced asbestos removalist. The resident will be responsible for removing asbestos from their vehicles and placing in an area whereby onsite staff can pick up the package using bucket and loader machinery.

    For any questions, please contact 02 6043 5860 .

    Asbestos disposals will be accepted during business hours between Monday and Sunday.

  • Needles, sharps and syringes keyboard_arrow_right

    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.

    People working with sharps should ensure they’re stored correctly to there’s no risk of harm to anyone who comes into contact with them.

    Here are some basic guidelines:

    • Store sharps in a puncture-proof container (a yellow sharps container)
    • Store containers in a safe place that can’t be accessed by children
    • Do not recap needles before placing them in the container
    • Seal the container lid when full

    How do I dispose of Clinical and related waste?

    Medical waste containers can be brought into the pharmacies listed below for disposal free of charge. Alternatively you can visit, which gives a comprehensive list of all stores or locations in NSW where sharps can be disposed of safely.

    Terry White Chemist
    Centro Lavington
    Griffith Road
    Lavington 2641
    Phone: 02 6025 4733

    Fifield's Pharmacy
    Cnr Dean & Townsend Streets
    Albury 2640
    Phone: 02 6021 3255

    Terry White Chemist
    543 Dean Street
    Albury 2640
    Phone: 02 6021 2714

    Mayo's Northend Pharmacy
    3/330 Urana Road
    Lavington 2641
    Phone: 02 6040 2204

    Soul Pattinson Chemist
    Thurgoona Plaza
    Shuter Avenue
    Thurgoona  2640
    Phone: 02 6043 1444

    Chemist Warehouse
    483 Olive Street
    Albury 2640
    Phone: 02 6022 4088

    Chemist Warehouse
    Shops 3-5, 338 Kaitlers Road
    Springdale Heights 2641
    Phone: 02 6025 3007

  • Paint keyboard_arrow_right

    Leftover paint is one of the most common sources of liquid waste in landfills but we can dispose of old paint in a safe and practical way – and disposal is free.

    Australians buy more than 100 million litres of paint a year. About five million litres ends up in landfill, along with the packaging and materials that go with it.

    Leftover paint can contaminate groundwater and should not be put into garbage bins.

    However, if you deliver unwanted paint to the Albury Recycling Centre, it will be mixed with other waste solvents and used as an alternative fuel in cement kilns. The metal containers are also recycled.

    Remember, you should never mix your paint with other chemicals, and if possible you should keep your paint in its original containers.

    We have partnered with Paintback, which collects the paint and packaging from the Albury Recycling Centre and transports it for treatment. The packaging and waste liquid are separated. Waste paint is treated in a number of ways including energy recovery for solvent and liquid/solid separation for water-based paint, significantly minimising pressures on our landfill.

    Household users and trade painters can drop off the following items for free:

    • Interior and exterior architectural paint
    • Deck coatings and floor paints
    • Primers, undercoats and sealers
    • Stains and shellacs
    • Varnishes and urethanes (single component)
    • Wood coatings
    • Packaging
  • Oils keyboard_arrow_right

    Used motor and cooking oil can be recycled, so rather than risk contamination or a spill at your place, bring it to us and we'll have it cleaned and put to good use.

    Each year, Australians buy more than 500 million litres of motor oil. Just one litre of motor oil is enough to contaminate one million litres of water, and a single oil change in your car produces four to five litres of oil waste.

    Used motor oil picks up toxic chemicals when used in engines and transmissions and is hazardous to the environment.

    Sump oil - which includes engine oil, two-stroke, diesel oil and lubricating oils along with cooking oil - can be dropped off for free at the Albury Recycling Centre.

    Fortunately, used motor oil can be recycled because instead of wearing out, it just gets dirty. The contaminants can be removed and the oil recycled time after time.

    Some uses of recycled oil are industrial burner fuel, re-refined lube oil, or it can be used in other products as an additive.

    If you have small quantities (20 litres maximum) of old motor oils or unused/used cooking oil make sure it is in a secure oil container and bring it to the Albury Recycling Centre.

    Households are not charged for oil disposal but a fee applies for commercial operators.

    Here are some useful tips for recycling oils:

    • Dispose of old oils straight away otherwise you risk it entering the soil and contaminating ground water if it spills or leaks
    • Do not mix oils with other chemicals as contamination may cause the oil to be unrecyclable. Keep liquids in original containers

    Ensure all containers are sealed and have clearly identifiable labels.

  • Household and car batteries keyboard_arrow_right

    Did you know?

    Batteries are the most common form of hazardous waste disposed of by Australian households. When put in your recycling or waste bin they can cause fires in garbage trucks and waste facilities.

    The Issue

    Sending batteries to landfill is a huge waste of beneficial resources.

    When disposed of correctly, around 95% of alkaline and lithium battery components can be recycled in Australia and can be made into new products such as streetlights and car parts!

    In Australia, about 350 million batteries are purchased every year. More than two thirds of them end up in landfill, where they can cause health and environmental problems.

    Councils and waste contractors have seen a significant rise in the number of truck and rubbish fires caused by batteries, which if damaged are explosive and cause fires that are difficult to put out.

    Heavy metals in batteries include cadmium, nickel, lead, and mercury, are all toxic and dangerous to human, animal and environmental health if not managed properly.

    The environment is damaged by batteries in landfill because once their casings disintegrate, metals and chemicals inside the battery leach out.

    How Can You Help?

    You can prevent this type of environmental damage by dropping batteries at a designated drop off point. Once we’ve received them, they can be made into new products such as streetlights and car parts.

    Some of the new uses for your old batteries include:

    • Recycling nickel to produce stainless steel.
    • Recycling acid to form sodium sulphate, which is used to make detergents, glass, and textiles.
    • The production of new batteries, fertilisers, waste bins and plant pots

    Where can you drop off your batteries?

    In Albury, you can dispose of your unwanted vehicle and household batteries at either the Albury Recycling Centre located at the Albury Waste Management Centre or at the many local drop off locations listed here around town:

    Albury City Council Offices
    553 Kiewa Street, Albury

    Monday–Friday: 8.30am to 5pm
    02 6023 8111
    Mirambeena Community Centre
    19 Martha Mews, Lavington

    Monday-Friday: 9am to 3pm
    02 6043 5875
    Albury LibraryMuseum
    Cnr Kiewa & Swift Streets, Albury

    Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10am to 7pm
    Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
    Saturday:10am to 4pm
    Sunday: 12pm to 4pm
    02 6023 8333
    Orana Community Centre
    40 Cardo Drive, Springdale Heights

    Monday–Thursday: 9am to 3.30pm
    Fri: 9am to 1pm
    02 6025 3988
    Lavington Library
    Northpoint Tower
    Griffith Road, Lavington

    Monday Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9.30am to 5.30pm
    Thursday: 9.30am to 6pm
    Saturday: 9.30am to 1pm
    02 6043 5645
    Glenecho Neigbourhood Centre
    949 Burrows Road, Glenroy

    Monday–Friday 9am to 3pm
    02 6025 9359
    Albury Upcycle & Recycle Shop
    565 Mudge Street, Hamilton Valley

    Monday–Friday: 10am to 3pm
    Sat & Sun: 10am to 2pm
    0439 887 496

    More Information

    B-cycle resources

  • Fluoro tubes and globes keyboard_arrow_right

    Because they contain mercury, fluorescent lamps are damaging if they end up in landfill - so let us take care of them for you.

    While the risk of mercury poisoning from broken lights is low, 95% of mercury contained in waste lights in Australia end up in landfills which poses a significant environmental concern.

    Over time, mercury converts to methylmercury, a toxic chemical that spreads into the environment through the air, water and soil.

    The mercury from one fluorescent tube is enough to pollute 30,000 litres of water. But to eliminate the risk, fluorescent lights can be safely collected and recycled, creating positive uses for potentially dangerous products.

    You can dispose of your waste lights for free by separating them and placing them in the correct receptacles at the Albury Recycling Centre.

    The following can be recycled:

    • Compact fluorescent lamps
    • Fluorescent U-tubes
    • Linear fluorescent lamps
    • Mercury vapour lamps
    • Metal halide lamps
    • Sodium vapour lamps
    • UV lamps
    • LED tubes
  • Gas bottles keyboard_arrow_right

    Gas bottles that can no longer be refilled can be recycled for scrap metal

    Gas bottles that are unfit for reuse can be recycled. High pressure gas bottles pose a significant safety hazard if compacted in landfill.

    You can recycle your unwanted gas bottle for free at the Albury Recycling Centre.

    Gas bottles have residual gas captured for reuse. Undamaged bottles are retested, restamped and entered into the hire industry. Damaged bottles are punctured and recycled as scrap metal.

    Please do NOT put gas bottles into your kerbside bins as they pose a significant safety hazard if compacted in landfill.

  • Fire extinguishers are made from steel that can be fully recycled, while smoke detectors contain batteries and harmful materials. As long as they’re not generated by business or commercial use, you can dispose of them at the Albury Recycling Centre for no charge.

    Like gas bottles, fire extinguishers are made from steel which is 100% recyclable, and can be recycled for scrap metal.

    Smoke Detectors can contain batteries and in some cases harmful content that could react if it comes into contact with other materials.

    To dispose of these items correctly, simple place them in marked container at the recycling centre.

What happens when you DON’T dispose of dangerous waste properly

You should never put hazardous household wastes into regular rubbish collections, tip it down the sink, toilet or gutters, or bury it in the ground. This is what can happen if you don’t use correct disposal methods:

  • Buried in the garden – dangerous chemicals and poison can leach into the surface or groundwater. This can affect the soil, plants and water for a long time.
  • Tipped down the sink – wastes may corrode the pipes or block stormwater drains and cause problems at water treatment plants.
  • Put into the regular garbage – this can put the health and safety of garbage collection workers at risk. It may also pollute waterways and drinking water if sent to normal landfills. Hazardous waste should only be stored in specially designed landfills.
  • Plastic shopping bags – these can create an ugly litter problem if not recycled or disposed of properly. If these bags get into waterways, they may be a threat to wildlife. Most supermarkets now collect plastic bags for recycling.

Illegal disposal, dumping or misuse of wastes is a serious offence and subject to large financial penalties.