CleanOut targets household chemicals

Lake Macquarie City Council and NSW EPA are giving Hunter residents the chance to dispose of potentially dangerous chemical and problem wastes lurking in homes throughout the city.

The free Chemical CleanOut event will be held Saturday 1 June at Rathmines Park, Rathmines, with household quantities of chemicals, paints and oils accepted.

Manager Community Partnerships Andrew Bryant said tonnes of potentially toxic chemicals had been dropped off at recent CleanOut events across Lake Macquarie.

“A lot of households have pesticides, cleaning chemicals, paint and oil that have been sitting unused on shelves for years,” Mr Bryant said.

“These items must not be disposed of in household garbage bins, so this is a great opportunity to dispose of them safely and save them from polluting the environment or causing hazards around the home.”

Other items collected free of charge at Chemical CleanOuts include smoke detectors, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, batteries and fluorescent light globes and tubes.

“On-site experts will ensure all items are sorted and either recycled or disposed of safely,” Mr Bryant said.

“Household quantities of some of these items can also be dropped off year-round at the Community Recycling Centre at our Awaba Waste Management Facility.”

The 1 June Chemical CleanOut will run 9am-3.30pm and is open to all Hunter residents. A full list of what can be dropped off can be found at cleanout.com.au, or for further information call the Environment Hotline on 131 555.

This project is a NSW EPA Waste, Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.