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Environment Protection Authority

Chemical CleanOut Coming Up for Sutherland

Media release: 3 February 2016

On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) together with Sutherland Shire Council will be holding a Household Chemical CleanOut event at the Bellingara Netball Centre car park, Miranda.

Steve Beaman, Director Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery, is encouraging householders to bring their old, unwanted hazardous wastes to the Bellingara Netball Centre car park, Bellingara Road, Miranda between 9am and 3:30pm.

“The day is a free service for the disposal of a range of common household chemicals, many of which could cause harm if disposed of in regular garbage collections or tipped into drains,” Mr Beaman said.

“They include paints, pesticides, motor oils and pool chemicals and other wastes such as batteries, fluorescent tubes and gas bottles which can be recycled.

“Disposing of household chemicals safely will reduce the risk hazardous chemicals and toxic elements ending up in landfill or contaminating our waterways and soils.

“In addition, many of these materials can be recycled or reused, so not only will residents be helping to reduce pollution, but are also helping in resource recovery efforts.”

Mr Beaman said that since the CleanOut program started in March 2003, over 13,923,800 kilograms of household hazardous waste has been safely collected and disposed.

“This great result has been achieved through the support of almost 361,020 households bringing along their old and unwanted household hazardous materials to be safely disposed and recycled,” Mr Beaman said.

People can bring along household quantities of:

  • Paint, strippers and varnishes
  • Pesticides, herbicides and poisons
  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • Batteries
  • Gas bottles
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fluorescent tubes.

Tips on transporting your chemicals safely:

  • Travel with your car windows down if carrying flammable or odorous materials
  • Keep products in their original containers
  • Always store containers upright and ensure that all lids are tightly secured
  • Keep corrosive chemicals, such as battery acid, away from poisons
  • Keep products in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children
  • Double wrap old liquid containers in plastic bags to prevent leaking
  • Transport in crates, boxes or buckets.

 In 2015, Sutherland Shire Council was awarded $223,164 from the EPA’s Community Recycling Centre (CRC) program. The funding will contribute to construction of a purpose built facility which, once operational will allow residents to drop off paint, gas bottles, oils, batteries, smoke detectors and fluorescent lights six days a week.  

Through the CRC program, the EPA is working with councils, community organisations and contractors to deliver purpose built facilities for disposing of household wastes across NSW.

For more information or to find out when the next CleanOut closest to your home is, visit www.cleanout.com.au or call the Environment Line on 131 555.

For more information about the Community Recycling Centre program visit http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/comm-recycle-centres.htm

Contact: Laura Brice

Page last updated: 03 February 2016