New Household Chemical CleanOut dates announced

Householders can plan their next visit to a Household Chemical CleanOut event with dates for Sydney, the Hunter and Illawarra regions now available online.

The popular CleanOut events offer residents the opportunity to dispose of a range of old and unwanted household chemicals safely – and at no cost.

The CleanOut service accepts household quantities of potentially hazardous products such as solvents, poisons, pool chemicals, batteries, paint and fire extinguishers.

The Chemical CleanOut program is coordinated by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) and local government partners.

DPIE Executive Director Circular Economy and Resource Management Sanjay Sridher said householders can find CleanOut dates for January to June 2020 by visiting www.cleanout.com.au.

“This free service is available to help householders responsibly clean out a large range of common chemicals which could cause harm to the environment and contaminate waterways and soils if disposed of incorrectly,” Mr Sridher said.

“Many of these materials can be recycled so not only will residents be helping to reduce pollution, they will also be helping in resource recovery efforts.”

During a CleanOut event people can bring along household quantities of:

·         solvents and household cleaners

·         gas bottles and fire extinguishers

·         batteries

·         paint (up to 100L in 20L containers)

·         strippers and varnishes

·         motor oils, fuels and fluids

·         garden and pool chemicals

·         poisons

·         smoke detectors

·         fluorescent globes and tubes

“Last financial year, over 1,500 tonnes of household hazardous waste were recycled or safely disposed of through this CleanOut program.”

In 2018/19 householders disposed of 119,061 kilograms of gas cylinders, 113,939 kilograms of batteries and 147,387 kilograms of oil at CleanOut events.

More than 895,000 kilograms of paint was collected and recycled in partnership with Paintback.

Mr Sridher advised people to transport chemicals safely by making sure containers were upright, any lids tightly secured and packed carefully to avoid the risk of spills. Car windows should be opened if disposing of flammable or odorous materials.

For more information on what can be disposed of, quantities, safe transport tips 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.