Cleanout at Thirroul allows residents to dispose of dangerous chemicals


A CHEMICAL cleanout, allowing residents to dispose of old paints, poisons, and unsafe batteries, oils or fuels, will be held at Thirroul on Saturday.

Wollongong City Council in collaboration with the NSW Environment Protection Authority are holding cleanout allowing residents to dispose of their household chemicals safely and for free.

It’s the first time a chemical cleanout has been coordinated at Thirroul and everyone is welcome to drop off household chemicals.

Household quantities (20 litres or 20kg) will be accepted for all items other than paint. Up to 100 litres of paint in containers of no more than 20 litres each will also be accepted. For a full list of chemicals that can be dropped off visit our Household Chemical Cleanout event page.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the cleanout is a great opportunity for residents to make their homes and neighbourhoods a chemical safe environment and dispose of unsafe chemicals in a very responsible way.

“Previously these events have been well attended and we anticipate that hosting one in a northern location such as Thirroul, will be easier to drop off unwanted paints and other unfriendly chemicals and materials that no one really wants sitting around their homes for too long,” he said.

If you can’t make the event, there is information available on Council’s Community Recycling Centre page about household chemicals that you can drop off for safe disposal year-round.

The new drop off location for this event will be at Thirroul Pool Car Park, Cliff Pde, Thirroul, on Saturday August 8 from 9am to 3.30pm.


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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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