Where To Dispose Of Fertiliser For Free 🌱: In this blog, we cover where you can take your fertiliser for free disposal. In addition, we will talk about why you should dispose of fertiliser and the hazards of storing or keeping it for too long. Continue reading this blog to learn more.

When one has a blooming garden in their home, expect that they treat them with the same level of love and care the same as you see a person treating their pets. They feel the same sense of fulfilment as pet lovers do. And, like your cat, dog or any other type of pet, people with gardens make sure that they regularly water and ‘feed’ their plants well so that they grow strong, beautiful and full of nutrients.

One of the best ways to ensure that your plants grow properly is to provide them with fertilisers – or what can also call as ‘plant food’. Fertilisers allow plants to grow faster and keep them healthy. Did you know that gardeners can use different types of fertilisers in different conditions (conditions mostly equating to the soil or weather), but the point still stands that fertilisers can promote plant growth, and in a cost-effective way, too!

However beneficial chemical fertilisers are, mishandling them can and will cause harm to the environment. As a result, we must properly store and dispose of fertilisers. Do you have any stored fertilisers at home you do not have use for anymore? Do not know where to dispose of them? We’ve got you covered!

Below, we give you some of the best and most free options to dispose of your fertiliser. Read on to learn more.


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These are where you can dispose of your fertiliser for free

Do take note that you should first coordinate with your local council to find the best possible disposal option for your fertiliser or other household chemicals. Do also take note that what they accept (or don’t accept) may be subject to change, so we encourage you to contact your local council first for more information.

With that said, we present you with the most popular options when it comes to disposing of your fertiliser for free.


Dispose of your fertiliser for free via Household Chemical CleanOut

Fertilisers or other types of household chemicals can be disposed of for free through a Household Chemical CleanOut event. You can catch these free-services events held across NSW on specified dates.

All NSW residents can enjoy these events which are usually held in the Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter regions. Check if there is an event near you by clicking this link. Besides chemical fertilisers, you can also dispose of the following household items via Household Chemical CleanOut events:

  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Motor fuels
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Smoke detectors
  • Paint and paint-related products
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Car and household batteries
  • Motor oils and cooking oils


Eurobodalla Council NSW accepts fertiliser and other household chemicals you want to dispose of for free

The Eurobodalla council has an annual chemical cleanout, usually held around September wherein they accept all kinds of household chemicals you want to dispose of for free, which, of course, includes fertiliser. They accept the following:

  • oxidisers, solvents, paints, varnishes
  • household cleaners, poisons, pool chemicals
  • acids, alkalis, medicines
  • pesticides, fungicides, weed killers, fertilisers
  • fuel, oils, gas cylinders
  • smoke detectors, household batteries, compact fluorescent light globes
  • sharps (syringes).


Or, dispose of your fertiliser for free through Detox Your Home

Sustainability Victoria has a program called Detox Your Home wherein you can safely and easily drop off your fertilisers, along with other household chemicals, at their free events. Called the Detox Your Home events, they are held around Victoria and accept the following types of waste:

  • Weed killers
  • Cleaning products
  • Cosmetics
  • Cooking oil.

In a more comprehensive list you can see here, they categorised the household chemicals you can send and dispose of for free into the following: cleaning, cosmetics, hobby materials, pharmaceuticals, garden and pool (fertiliser included) and garage.

Remember, you need to send in only what is allowed. As they do not accept these items, remember not to send the following:

We encourage you to view the Sustainability Victoria website for more information.


Why you should dispose of your fertilisers: health concerns

Of course, giving you options to dispose of your fertiliser for free is for good reason.

Storing fertilisers in your home can compromise both human and pet health. This can occur when you or your pet come into contact with fertiliser. Called plant food poisoning, symptoms include the following:

  • skin redness
  • burning sensation on the skin
  • itchy skin
  • burning of the nose, eyes, or throat

Much worse, if you or your pet accidentally inhale or even ingest fertilisers, you may experience the following:

  • body parts (such as fingernails, lips, or hands) turn blue from lack of oxygen
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • low blood pressure
  • seizures
  • shortness of breath
  • upset stomach or stomach pain

So, we want you to make sure to store fertilisers properly before disposal.


Transport and storage tips

Before you take your fertiliser to be disposed of for free, remember this when storing and transporting fertilisers (or any other hazardous household chemicals):

  • Make sure chemicals do not come into contact – much less mix – together as this can produce dangerous chemical reactions.
  • Keep them in their original and respective containers.
  • Label and seal them properly. Label them ‘unknown chemical’ if you have no idea what chemical you are handling.
  • Make sure no liquid leaks occur by inspecting containers. Wrap the container in newspaper and seal it in a plastic bag. Double down by placing it inside a plastic bucket or tray.
  • Keep chemicals away from anyone!

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