Household Hazardous Waste

The JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Facility can now accept all household hazardous wastes.

Up to 20 litres or 20 kilograms per material type of HHW will be accepted free of charge. Individual containers larger than 20 litres or 20 kilograms may not be accepted at the discretion of the acceptance officer.

Products accepted

  • Acids
  • Aerosols
  • Alkalis
  • Batteries (lead-acid and dry-cell)
  • Compact fluorescent lights and tubes
  • Cyanides
  • Engine coolants and glycols
  • Fire extinguishers (non-halon only)
  • Flammable liquids (e.g. fuels and hydrocarbons)
  • Flammable solids
  • Flares
  • General household chemicals (e.g. cleaning products)
  • Heavy metal compounds
  • Inorganic oxidising agents (e.g. pool chlorine)
  • Gas cylinders (small household)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Mercury (e.g. thermometres)
  • Organic peroxides
  • Paint
  • PCB materials
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents
  • Unknown chemicals (must be in sealed, chemical resistant containers)

Residents do not need to be a ratepayer in the WMRC region to dispose of HHW free of charge.

Hazardous waste will not be accepted from businesses or commercial sources.

Guidelines for Safe Storage and Transport of HHW to the Facility

  • 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 hands after handling (even if you wore gloves)
  • Keep HHW dry and away from heat or flames and not in a hot car too long (as may cause dangerous fumes or chemical reactions)
  • Keep products in original containers where possible
  • Store containers upright with lids tightly closed and ensure containers are not leaking
  • If container is damaged or leaking, place it in a larger container with a tight fitting lid and label the outer container with the contents
  • If you must replace the damaged original container, always label the new 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 HHW in the boot or rear of your vehicle, separate from the main cabin, where possible

>>download the Hazardous Waste Guide Brochure

This Program is funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account




Commercial Hazardous Waste Disposal Options

The WMRC only accepts domestic quantities of hazardous waste (ie up to 20kg/20l per material type). Commercial hazardous waste disposal options available in WA are:

Ph: 1300 869 373
Materials: fluorescent lighting, chemical waste, flammable wastes, paints, reins, adhesives, halogenated solvents, non-halogenated solvents, pesticide wastes, oils and emulsions, coolants and glycols, surfactants and cleaning products, acids and alkalis, laboratory wastes, oxidizers and schedule X compounds.

Ph: (08) 9351 1370
Materials: acids, caustics, solvents, fluorescent lighting and used cooking oil.

CMA Ecocycle
Ph: (08) 9302 6887
Materials: fluorescent lighting, electronic waste and chemical industrial waste.

Veolia Environmental Services
Materials: chemical wastes, acids, alkalis, paint and hydrocarbon based wastes.

Consider safer alternatives
Proper disposal of hazardous waste can be expensive and available disposal is limited. Reducing the amount of hazardous material in our community by choosing to buy and use safer household products is a valuable way of lessening this problem. For tips on how to use non-toxic products in the home and garden download the Earth Carers Green Cleaning and Gardening Factsheet and for a list of safer alternatives visit the Natural Alternatives to Synthetic Chemicals.