Wingecarribee Shire Council and the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) 2015 Household Chemical CleanOut campaign has been the most successful yet.
Held on 11 April, more than 30,000 kilos of chemicals were surrendered during the day-long amnesty.
“This figure represents a massive 45 per cent increase on the amount of chemicals that were handed in last year,” said Kimberly Elliot, Council’s Sustainability Projects Officer in charge of the scheme.
“But even more encouraging is the feedback we received that just over half of all of this year’s customers were first-timers,” she said.
“This is really encouraging news and confirms that people are taking advantage of the scheme.”
In total 680 people visited Council’s Moss Vale Works Depot on the day to environmentally dispose of all manner of chemicals including oils, paints, pesticides and poisons free of charge.
The Household Chemical CleanOut campaign is an annual program run by the NSW EPA and supported through Council’s Environment Levy.
“We remind residents that they don’t have to wait until next year’s Chemical CleanOut to dispose of some of these materials,” Ms Elliot added.
“Council’s Resource Recovery Centre accepts oils, paints and batteries all year round!”
Other items accepted free of charge if first sorted include paper, cardboard, e-waste, scrap metal, glass, polystyrene foam, plastic bottles and aluminum and steel cans.
For a full list of items that can be disposed of at the Resource Recovery Centre visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/resource-recovery-centre.
The Resource Recovery Centre is located at 177 Berrima Road, Moss Vale and is open 7am to 3.45pm seven days a week.
The 2016 Household Chemical CleanOut campaign will be held in April next year. Details will be finalised closer to the event.