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Chemclear and RRC to help farmers dispose of chemicals

26 August, 2014Posted in: Environment, Events
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Farmers and users of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines (Agvet chemicals) will be given the opportunity to safely dispose of their unwanted chemicals when Wingecarribee Shire Council hosts an upcoming ChemClear collection day at the Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre.

Run in conjunction with ChemClear, local farmers and major agricultural chemical users have until Friday the 29 August 2014 to take advantage of the state run initiative.  Under the scheme, farmers have until this date to contact ChemClear to organise a future drop-off at the RRC.

As part of the program, two different types of farm chemicals can be surrendered.

The first type is classified as Group 1 type chemicals.  The drums containing these chemicals usually display a logo which denotes them to be either ChemClear or drumMUSTER eligible.  Some 108 agricultural and veterinarian chemicals fall under this category.

All Group 1 type chemicals are FREEof charge to dispose of as a levy has already been paid on these products at the point of sale.

The other types of chemicals are classified as Group 2 chemicals.  These chemicals are typically unlabeled or extremely out of date.  Group 2 type chemicals will attract a fee.

Since 2003, the program has collected a total of 104,000L/kg of hazardous chemicals for safe disposal from NSW and 403,000L/kg across Australia.

Ninety-eight per cent of the chemical collected is used as an alternative fuel source in the manufacturing of cement.

Farmers wishing to take advantage of the program should call the ChemClear hotline on 1800 008 182 or visit the website at www.chemclear.com.au to organise a drop–off time.

Participants must book by Friday 29 August 2014 to take part in the disposal program.

Once bookings have been finalised, ChemClear will then organise a future date when farmers can drop off their chemicals at Council’s Resource Recovery Centre

Council’s Resource Recovery Centre is located at 177 Berrima Road, Moss Vale.