Dispose of your chemicals free this month

This Spring residents will again have the opportunity to clear out old chemicals during the 10th annual Household Chemical Cleanout.

Out of date and unwanted household chemicals will be able to be safely disposed of over two days this month.

From 9am to 12 noon on Sunday, October 15 residents can surrender their chemicals free of charge to the Kandos/ Rylstone Waste Transfer Station and from 9am to 12 noon on Sunday, October 22 at the Mudgee Waste Facility.

“This initiative is offered to residents completely free of charge and is a perfect opportunity to dispose of any household cleaners, pesticides and herbicides, poisons, gas bottles or motor fuels you may have at your home,” Mid-Western Regional Council’s general manager Brad Cam said.

Co-ordinated by NetWaste the annual campaign sees toxic products removed from homes to be disposed of in a safe way.

A staggering 68 tonnes of household chemicals were collected last year, with old paint topping the list at over 21 tonnes.

“Pesticides were also a major waste stream for local households, with more than 5,000 kilograms collected,” NetWaste projects officer Sam Swain said.

“Dangerous products including flares, acids, arsenic and cyanide were also collected. This means we’ve reduced the risk of these dangerous chemicals making their way into nearby environments or posing a risk to children.”

Particular care should be taken to ensure all chemicals are transported safely to the Collection Centre.

This is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the Waste Levy.