The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in conjunction with Wingecarribee Shire Council will be accepting unwanted chemicals as part of its annual Chemical CleanOut program on Sunday 28 March 2021.
Residents can drop off their unwanted household chemicals – FREE of charge – at Council’s Moss Vale Works Depot from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm.
Chemicals that can be dropped off include residential quantities (20 kilogram or 20 litre maximum container size) of:
- household cleaners,
- fluorescent globes and tubes,
- car and household batteries,
- motor oils and fluids,
- garden, pool and hobby chemicals,
- gas bottles, fire extinguishers and
The call to properly dispose of used household chemicals follows recent incidents involving dumped substances.
“In the past weeks Council has responded to a number of calls of chemicals dumped in our wastewater and stormwater networks,” said Council’s Manager of Environment and Sustainability, Barry Arthur.
“The first incident was picked up within the Mittagong Sewage Treatment Plant while the second occurred when chemicals were detected in the stormwater system in East Bowral near the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens.
“While both incidents were managed and contained, the potential consequences to public health and the immediate environment could have been far worse,” Mr Arthur stressed.
“It’s imperative that used or unwanted chemicals are properly disposed of and never poured down drains or sinks.”
Council’s Moss Vale Depot can be entered via Parkes Road, Moss Vale. Residents are reminded that the Depot is not located within the grounds of the nearby Resource Recovery Centre.
Council’s Chemical CleanOut is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the Waste Levy and supported by Council’s Environment Levy.
For more information call the Environment Line on phone 131 555 or visit www.cleanout.com.au.