Hazardous materials

Hazardous waste drop-off day in Onkaparinga

Thank you to everyone who dropped off unwanted chemicals to the event on Saturday 23 September 2017.

We had a very high number attend, with 712 vehicles through the gate which was well up on 255 for the last drop-off event in 2013.

If you couldn’t make it to this event, there are other local options for disposal of many items – see below for more information.

Local options for disposal and recycling of common household hazardous items

  • Electrical items - drop off all household electrical items for recycling for free at various locations.  Find your nearest drop-off location.
  • Lightglobes/tubes - these can be dropped off for FREE at one of several locations. Find your nearest store.
  • Gas bottles – drop off your gas cylinders at All Pressure Testing located at 17 Meyer Road, Lonsdale. Phone (08) 8326 7755.
  • Light globes - drop off all household globes, tubes and CFLs for recycling for free at any Mitre 10 store or other select local collection points. Find your nearest store
  • Liquid paint - unwanted paint can be dropped off at Hackham Recyclers as part of the national Paintback program
  • Medicines - return your old and unwanted medicines to any pharmacy for free and safe disposal: visit returnmed.com.au or call 1300 650 835
  • Needles - sharps can be disposed of through the Safe Sharps project. Find your nearest disposal location
  • Oil - drop off waste motor oil for free at the SRWRA Landfill, Bakewell Road, Seaford Heights
  • Printer cartridges – take your used printer cartridges from participating manufacturers, back to Officeworks and JB Hi-Fi stores and participating Australia Post, Dick Smith, Harvey Norman and The Good Guys outlets
  • Smoke detectors - these can be placed in the waste bin, see the EPA website for more details

Green Industries South Australia (GISA) Depot

Green Industries SA provides a service for the collection of hazardous household wastes and farm chemicals at the GISA depot operated at Dry Creek. The depot is open from 9am-12pm on the first Tuesday of each month (including public holidays).

This service is only available to householders and farmers. The EPA depot will not accept wastes from businesses.
The GISA Depot is located at the corner of Magazine Road and Henschke Street, Dry Creek.

Important note: medical waste also has specific licensing and management requirements and is not part of this collection.

Please note that there are restrictions on what will/will not be accepted as hazardous waste:

  • acids and alkalis
  • brake fluids and coolants
  • cleaning products
  • gardening chemicals (including insecticides, rodenticides, herbicides)
  • liquid paint (up to 20 litres)
  • LPG gas bottles (up to 9kg capacity)
  • other household chemicals
  • photographic chemicals
  • pool chemicals
  • solvents (including paint thinners, turpentine)
  • varnishes and stains
  • ammunition or explosives (contact the Police)
  • asbestos and tyres (contact the EPA on (08) 8204 2004)
  • fertiliser (use or donate to local community garden)
  • pharmaceuticals (return to local pharmacy)
  • medical waste
  • household smoke detectors (these can be placed in the waste bin)

Hazardous waste queries

See our A–Z recycling & disposal guide for common queries.

For other types of hazardous waste disposal or for further queries, please contact Green Industries South Australia on (08) 8204 2051 or www.greenindustries.sa.gov.au