About hazardous waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is the unwanted products that were used in and around the home that are flammable, toxic, reactive or corrosive.

If not disposed of correctly, HHW can pose serious environmental and health risks.

Disposal of hazardous waste

Unwanted household chemicals and other hazardous waste can be dropped off at the Armadale Landfill and Recycling Facility.

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program provides funding for the collection and appropriate disposal of HHW collected at the Armadale Landfill and Recycling Facility. At this site the public can drop off their unwanted HHW for free.

Accepted materials through the HHW Program

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Aerosols
  • Batteries (household)
  • Engine coolants and glycols
  • Fire extinguishers - non halon (red) only
  • Flammables
  • Flares
  • Fluorescent lamps and tubes
  • Gas cylinders (small household)
  • Household chemicals (e.g. cleaners)
  • Pesticides/herbicides
  • Poisons/toxics
  • Pool chemicals
  • Smoke detectors
  • Unknown chemicals (must be in sealed, chemical resistant containers).

Only household quantities, capped at 20kg/20L per material type will be accepted.

This program is supported by funding from the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, and administered by the Waste Authority.

Handling hazardous waste

  • Always handle hazardous waste carefully and avoid direct contact
  • Wear protective equipment where possible and wash hands after handling.
  • Keep products in original containers where possible.
  • Label materials that are not in their original container.
  • Do not mix materials, they may react violently.
  • Keep flammable products out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat, sparks, flames or ignition.
  • If container is damaged or leaking, place it within a larger container with a tightly fitting lid. Label outer container with contents.
  • When transporting hazardous materials, ensure they are stored securely in a box or crate so they will not fall over and leak.
  • Do not leave household hazardous waste in a hot car.


The Armadale Landfill and Recycling Facility is now a Paintback site. 

Residents and painters can drop off up to a maximum of 100 litres per visit in containers no larger than 20 litres. 

For more information visit the Paintback website. 

More information and contact

Download the brochure below for more information on the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program, including:

  • How HHW can be harmful
  • Identifying HHW
  • Safe storage and transportation
  • Other disposal sites.


Page Last Reviewed 13 January 2020