Drop it off: household chemicals and paint

Household chemicals and paint don’t belong in any of your kerbside bins. 

If you have leftover products that you no longer need, first consider giving them away to a friend or family member, or on Gumtree or Facebook Martketplace.

If you’re unable to give the products away, there are a number of centres across metro and regional South Australia where you can dispose of unwanted items, such as:

  • acids and alkalis
  • batteries (NiCad, lithium, mercury)
  • brake fluid and coolants
  • cleaning products
  • engine oil and other oil
  • fumigants
  • gardening chemicals (including pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides)
  • gas cylinders
  • light globes
  • liquid paints – oil and water-based up to 100 L
  • LPG bottles
  • other household chemicals
  • photographic chemicals
  • poisons
  • pool chemicals
  • solvents (including paint thinners, turpentine)
  • varnishes and stains.

Free metro drop-off locations 

Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre

Where: 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7 am to 4 pm, Saturday 8 am to 3 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 3 pm

Campbelltown Works Depot

Where: 6 Newton Road, Campbelltown

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 3 pm 

NAWMA Resource Recovery Centre, Edinburgh North

Where: Gate 3, Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 4pm, weekends 9 am to 3 pm

Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre

Where: 32 Scott Creek Road, Heathfield

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 4 pm, weekends 9 am to 4 pm


For your nearest paint drop-off location, visit the PaintBack website.

Regional chemical disposal options

For your nearest chemical drum (20 L) disposal site in regional areas, visit the drumMUSTER website.

ChemClear provides agricultural and veterinary chemical users with collection and disposal for their unwanted chemicals. For more information, visit the ChemClear website.

For queries on where to take paint and household chemicals, or for more details on the new opening times, contact us on 8204 2051