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Environment Protection Authority

Hawkesbury Chemical Sunday 28 August

Media release: 17 August 2016

On Sunday 28 August the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) together with Hawkesbury Council will be holding a Household Chemical CleanOut event at Hawkesbury Showground, Clarendon.

EPA Executive Director Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery, Steve Beaman, is encouraging householders to bring their old, unwanted hazardous wastes to Hawkesbury Showground, Racecourse Road, Clarendon 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 15,638,401 kilograms of household hazardous waste has been safely collected and disposed.

“This great result has been achieved through the support of almost 403,781 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 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. 

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.

The CleanOut program is increasingly popular and there can often be a short wait time.  To alleviate this, the EPA is rolling out new Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) across NSW. CRC’s are new fixed sites where the community can drop-off problem waste free of charge, all year round. To find your nearest CRC visit http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/managewaste/comm-recycle-loc.htm.

Contact: EPA Media Officer

Page last updated: 17 August 2016