What are Hazardous Wastes?
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes unwanted household products that contain chemicals, flammable constituents, corrosive and oxidiser agents or toxic substances that can be harmful to you, your family, your pets and the environment.
Hazardous Waste can be dangerous at every stage of its ‘life’; that is because these materials could:
- Cause poisoning or severe burns if swallowed, inhaled or contacts skin.
- Reacts with other chemicals or comes into contact with a heat source leading to a fire or toxic fumes
- Chemical spill contaminating soil and ground water
- Injure waste collectors if HHW is placed in household bins or verge collections
- Pollute the environment if they end up in landfill
What do I do with it?
Residents are encouraged to dispose of their household hazardous waste at Red Hill Waste Management Facility as they accept the vast majority of HHW. Residents are entitled to dispose of up to 20lt or 20kg of HHW for free (Proof of id or rates statement required).
What is accepted?
House Hazardous Waste accepted at Walliston Transfer Station
- Batteries (household and vehicle)
- Fluorescent tubes, light globes (CFLs)
- Motor oil (max 20lt)
Household Hazardous Waste accepted at Red Hill Waste Management Facility
Facility location and contact information is listed at the bottom of the page. Please contact waste facility for other costs of disposal.
- Acid and alkalis
- Aerosol cans (full)
- Asbestos (see below - NOT FREE and also requires notification ahead of arriving for disposal)
- Batteries (household)
- Engine coolants and glycols
- EPIRBs and PLBs
- Fire extinguishers
- Fluorescent lamps and tubes (CFLs)
- Gas cylinders
- Household chemicals
- Pool chemicals
- Smoke detectors
- Unknown chemicals (must be sealed in chemical resistant containers)
Hazardous Waste Not Accepted at Red Hill
- Explosives, ammunition and firearms
- Medications and pharmaceuticals
- Cooking oil
- Sharps and needles
How can I safely storage or Transport HHW?
- Never mix chemicals together
- Always keep hazardous materials out of reach of children and pets
- Handle hazardous materials with care and avoid direct contact
- Always wash your hands after handling
- Keep HHW dry and away from heat or flames and do not leave in a hot car for too long
- Keep products in original container where possible
- Store containers upright with lids tightly fastened
- If the container is damaged or leaking, place it in a larger container with a tight fitting lid and label the outer container with the contents
- When transporting hazardous materials, ensure they are stored securely in a box or crate so they will not fall over and leak
- Transport all HHW in the boot or rear of your vehicle, separate from the main cabin where possible
I have Asbestos, what can I do with it?
Asbestos can be taken to Red Hill for processing, however it is not free for residents of the City of Kalamunda with pricing dependent on amount. Prior warning of a delivery of Asbestos is also required as staff assistance is required when removing from vehicle.
How do I know if I have asbestos?
It is hard to tell just by looking if a product contains asbestos, if in doubt it is always recommended to seek professional advice and treat any material believed to be asbestos as asbestos. Homes built prior to 1990 and have not been renovated have a higher chance of containing asbestos. See the image for areas of the home where asbestos could be found.
View Asbestoswise website for further information
NOTE: Red Hill Waste Management is NOT free of charge for City of Kalamunda residents to dispose of other waste types. There are charges associated with disposing of other non-hazardous waste materials at this facility. Please contact this facility for further information - contact information is provided below.
Householders can drop off household hazardous waste at the following location:
Hours of Operation
Red Hill Waste Management Facility
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council
1094 Toodyay Road,
Mon to Fri: 7am-4pm,
(except Christmas Day, New Years Day & Good Friday)
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