Clearing out chemical waste for safe disposal

It’s time again to clear out unwanted and out-of-date hazardous items from homes, garages and sheds to be correctly disposed of for free at two Chemical CleanOut events this month.

The first will be at Kincumber Landfill in Cullens Rd on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7.

Although the facility is temporarily closed, it will open its gates between 9am and 3.30pm over the weekend so residents can safely drop off their chemicals for free.

Another drop-off will be on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14 at Charmhaven Council Depot in Chelmsford Rd, from 9am to 3.30pm on both days.

Council Unit Manager Waste Services and Business Development, Andrew Pearce, said these CleanOut events allowed residents to dispose of hazardous materials safety and for the recovery of reusable materials.

“We expect this to be of particular interest to those residents that have experienced household build-up of these items during the pandemic and also recent flooding events,” he said.

“Incorrect disposal of chemicals, such as dumping, placing in the bin or pouring down drains, are not only offences that attract fines and penalties, but they can also cause serious environmental effects by contaminating our waterways and landfill sites. 

“This is just one of the many resource recovery initiatives offered to residents beyond their household waste and recycling collection services, which the community can discover more about by checking the A-Z Waste Disposal and Recycling Guide online at 1Coast.com.au,” Pearce said. 

Items that can be dropped off include pesticides, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, fluorescent globes and tubes as well as any unknown or unidentified chemicals which are accepted for identification and correct disposal. 

Council Administrator, Rik Hart, said he continued to be impressed by the ongoing commitment from the community to responsibly dispose of problem waste. 

“In previous years, CleanOut events across the region have continued to attract consistent, record-breaking numbers, so it’s great to see these events still taking place this year for the community to attend,” he said. 

“With growing interest in the event, it is clear that residents are eager to do the right thing and keep these hazardous materials out of landfills, which Council is determined to support.”

Up to 100 litres of paint can be accepted per vehicle, in containers of 20 litres or less. For all other items, only household quantities of up to 20 litres or 20kg are accepted. 

Council urges residents to transport material safely, keep chemicals in the original container and remain in their vehicles when dropping off hazardous waste. 

For the full list of chemicals that can be dropped off, call 131 555 or visit the NSW Environment Protection Authority website.

The Household Chemical CleanOut program is a NSW Environment Protection Authority Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded by the waste levy, brought to you by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Paintback and Central Coast Council.

Source: Central Coast Council

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