In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Hazardous waste

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Hazardous waste

Hazardous wastes are chemicals that are harmful to the environment due to their toxic, corrosive, flammable and/or reactive properties. Some hazardous wastes do not become hazardous until they break down, such as e-waste.

Examples include household cleaning products, aerosol sprays, automotive supplies (including motor oil), paints and thinners, batteries, photographic chemicals, gas bottles, e-waste, pool chemicals and pesticides.

Important tips

Disposing of hazardous waste

You can drop off household hazardous waste free of charge at:

Contact a private service provider to dispose of commercial quantities of hazardous waste. Visit to find a provider.

Hazardous waste accepted at drop-off

Special requirements


Agricultural and veterinary chemical containers:

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Electronic waste

You can dispose of old or unwanted televisions and computer products for free under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Find a drop off location online.

E-waste is a significant waste stream in the ACT. The largest volume of e-waste is made up of televisions and computer equipment such as printers, scanners, monitors, keyboards and mice.

Items accepted Details for disposal

E-waste, e.g.

  • televisions (CRTs, plasma, LCD, LED and projections televisions)
  • desktop and portable computers (laptops and notebooks)
  • monitors
  • keyboards
  • mice
  • drives
  • printers
  • scanners
  • cables
  • computer-related peripherals
  • Limit of 15 items per person apply (a keyboard, mouse and monitor equals one item)
  • Visit the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme website for more information
  • Televisions and computers contain materials which are hazardous both to humans and the environment when disposed of inappropriately. There are penalties for the illegal dumping of these products outside collection sites and charities.
Items not accepted Details for disposal
  • Mobile phones
  • Game consoles
  • Video recorders
  • DVD and blue-ray players
  • Toner Cartridges
  • Radios / stereos
  • Power tools
  • Universal power supplies and other electronic appliances

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