Household Chemical CleanOut schedule now available

The Household Chemical CleanOut program is ready to kick off another year adding to the over 14,000 tonnes of household hazardous waste that have already been safely collected and disposed.

The January to June 2019 Household Chemical Cleanout schedule is now available online, and the NSW EPA is encouraging householders to visit www.cleanout.com.au to find their nearest event.

Household Chemical CleanOut is a free service available for the disposal of a range of common household chemicals, many of which could cause harm to the environment if not disposed of properly.

Items such as paint, pesticides, motor oils, pool chemicals and other wastes such as batteries, fluorescent tubes and gas bottles can all be recycled at local Chemical CleanOut events.

Since the CleanOut program started in March 2003, over 14,000 tonnes of household hazardous waste that have already been safely collected and disposed.

This great result has been achieved through the support of over 312,000 households bringing along their old and unwanted household hazardous materials to be safely disposed and recycled.

Disposing of household chemicals safely will reduce the risk of hazardous chemicals and toxic elements ending up in landfill or contaminating our waterways and soils.

Many of these materials can be recycled or reused, so not only will residents be helping to reduce the risk of pollution but are also helping in resource recovery efforts.

People can bring along household quantities of:

  • Paint, strippers and varnishes
  • Pesticides, herbicides and poisons
  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • Batteries
  • Gas bottles
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fluorescent globes and 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.