Waste disposal and problem waste
In association with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority, Council undertakes collections throughout the year of unwanted chemicals.
The collection accepts household quantities (no more than 20kg) of the following chemicals free of charge for safe disposal.
- solvents and household cleaners
- ammonia based cleaners
- fluorescent globes and tubes
- paint and paint related products (thinners, strippers, varnishes) (100L volume per visit)
- pesticides, herbicides and poisons (fungicides, baits, poisons, wood preservatives)
- gas bottles
- fire extinguishers
- pool chemicals
- hobby chemicals
- acids and alkalis
- batteries and car batteries
- motor oils, fuels and fluids (20L volume per visit)
Find out when the next Chemical CleanOut event is in your area.
DrumMuster is a service which allows for the collection and recycling of unwanted empty agricultural and veterinary products. Containers eligible for recycling carry the DrumMuster logo as seen below.
- an environmentally responsible solution for chemical users to the problem of disposing their empty chemical containers
- helps property owners to keep their property clean of potential contamination
- encourages good farming practice and meets Quality Assurance obligations
- supports the preservation of the wider environment.
DrumMUSTER products are recycled into useful everyday items such as street signs, irrigation piping, plant stakes and outdoor furniture.
Our Administration Building accepts household quantities of printer cartridges, household batteries, mobile phones and fluorescent globes and tubes.
The following problem wastes should never be placed into kerbside bins:
- Paint (water and oil based paint)
- Gas bottles
- Fire extinguishers
- Motor oils
- Other oils (i.e. cooking oil, hydraulic oil, brake fluid)
- Car batteries
- Household batteries (i.e. AA, AAA, button batteries)
- Smoke detectors
- Fluorescent globes and tubes
If these problem wastes are placed into kerbside bins they will end up in landfill where they can cause harm to the environment or human health. The Community Recycling Centres (CRC) located at the Mount Vincent Road Waste Management Centre accepts these problem wastes. Household quantities (20 litre maximum container size) of these problems wastes are accepted free of charge.
If you happen to be cleaning up your property, doing a pre move purge, or renovations and need to place a waste container on a Council road or footpath, then you will need to complete an Application for Placement of Bulk and Skip Waste Containers and submit to Council for approval.
Council’s general conditions relate to the Centre for Road Safety technical direction, Placement of Bulk and Skip Waste Containers.
Council has partnered with RecycleSmart for a free recycling home collection service.
The service lets Maitland residents get problem waste that can’t be put in the yellow bin like batteries, e-waste and clothes picked up and recycled as part of a free monthly subscription.
The service will available as a temporary trial until 30 June 2023.