Results from this year’s Household Chemical CleanOut campaign are in revealing the breakdown of more than 17,000 kilograms of chemicals which were surrendered during the day-long amnesty.
In total 461 Highlanders attended the annual event at Council’s Moss Vale Works Depot in April to dispose of their unwanted household chemicals, pesticides and poisons.
“All up 17,374 kilo of chemicals were brought in over the course of the day,” said Barry Arthur, Council’s Environment and Sustainability Manager responsible for the scheme.
“This is a fantastic result and even more encouraging is the feedback we received that just over half of all of this year’s attendees were first-timers,” he said.
Household oil and water-based paints proved to be the most popular items followed by lead batteries, gas cylinders and oils.
The Household Chemical CleanOut campaign is an annual program run by the NSW EPA and supported by Council’s Environment Levy.
“We remind residents that they don’t have to wait until next year’s Chemical CleanOut to dispose of most of these items,” Mr Arthur said.
Council’s recently opened Community Recycling Centre (CRC) is now accepting many of these difficult to dispose of household wastes including unwanted paints, oils, mobile phones, gas bottles and fire extinguishers, fluorescent globes and tubes, computers and televisions, household and car batteries, polystyrene and cardboard and even old smoke detectors.
“The Community Recycling Centre really is your year-round one-stop shop to get rid of all the problem waste items you may have accumulating at home,” Mr Arthur added.
Household quantities of up to 20 litres or 20 kilograms can all be disposed of free of charge at the CRC.
The Wingecarribee CRC is located within Council’s Resource Recovery Centre, 177 Berrima Road Moss Vale and is open seven days a week from 7.30 to 4.30pm. The Centre is closed public holidays.