Chemical Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Depot

If your property has old or unwanted chemicals that you would like to dispose of, take them along to the Zero Waste SA free chemical collection. This service is provided for householders and farmers (not businesses) to dispose of hazardous waste safely, responsibly and free of charge.

Where and When?

Items listed below can be disposed of at the EPA Depot on Magazine Road, Dry Creek on the first Tuesday of every month between 9am and 12 noon.

What can I take to the chemical collection? 

  • Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides
  • Arsenic based compounds
  • Fumigants
  • Fertilisers and poisons
  • Veterinary products
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Oils, engine fluids and batteries
  • Liquid Paints – oil and water based (up to 20 litres)
  • Pool chemicals
  • Solvents (including paint thinners, turpentine)
  • Cleaning products
  • Varnishes and stains
  • LP gas sylinders (up to 9kg capacity)
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Batteries (nickel/cadmium/mercury/lithium/lead)
  • Coolants
  • Other household chemicals

For more information on this service (including what isn't accepted) go to

ChemClear Collection

If you are an agvet chemical user and have unwanted or out-of-date agvet chemicals, register these chemicals for the next ChemClear run in SA.  To register call the hotline on 1800 008 182 or visit

Council supports this service by hosting the collection when it passes through regional SA.  The service is promoted ahead of time.

This collection is not to be confused with the drumMUSTER collection which is for clean, EMPTY drums.  More information on the drumMUSTER service is available here

Register your Dichlorvos products with ChemClear (for free disposal before January 2017)

If you have Dichlorvos product at your farm, business or home, Agsafe recommends that you register them with ChemClear for a responsible disposal as soon as possible.

This is because the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) cancelled the registration of any product contianing the chemical Dichlorvos following a suspension and phase out period.  The chemical is an organophosphorus insecticide and was mainly used as a fumigant or spray.

The cancellation was in response to a review of the chemical by the APVMA that identified concerns relating to trade, public and occupational health and safety, environmental impacts and residues of this active constituent.

The APVMA determined that the concerns relating to Dichlorvos were real due to its high acute toxicity and its carcinogenic potential, and that there was significant risk to human and animal health.  They determined there was a potential risk to users relating to application methods, product label instructions, exposures, safety standards and warnings.

The National ChemClear Program is the right program for the safe collection and disposal of products containing Dichlorvos in Australia.  There are 121 participating manufacturers in the ChemClear scheme and ChemClear accept their products up to two years from deregistration with the APVMA.

Given the two year limit, it is important that those stocks of Dichlorovos (from any of the 121 manufacturers) register their product before January 2017 for free disposal.  Anyone storing chemicals containing the product after this time can still register them with ChemCllear, but the service will attract a fee per litre for disposal.

Visit to download an Inventory Form and record any unwanted products.  Interested persons can then either register on the same site, call 1800 008 182 or email the form back to

ChemClear has collected and disposed of over 501 tonnes of surplus agvet chemical across Australia since the start of the program in 2003.

Further Information

Further information contacts:

Zero Waste SA on (08) 8204 1961 - ChemClear 1800 008 182 - drumMUSTER 1800 008 707 - EPA (Environment Protection Authority) on (08) 8204 2004, Facsimilie (08) 8124 4670, Freecall (In Australia only) 1800 623 445 or email or The Barossa Council, Development and Environmental Services Section on (08) 85638 485.