Chemical Clear Out
Author: Brad Gray
Over the years we tend to slowly fill our sheds and the cupboards under the sink with leftover paint, insecticides, cleaning products and other chemicals. However, these chemicals can be dangerous to both health and the environment.
In South Australia alone there were 660 cases of poisoning between August 2013 and February 2014.
How To Dispose of Waste Chemicals
Most councils provide chemical collection sites at their landfill or waste transfer stations. Check out your council page on RecyclingNearYou to find an option near you.
Some of the state and territory governments also provide services, usually in partnership with councils:
- NSW EPA Chemical Clean Out free program run in partnership with councils,
- Sustainability Victoria's Detox Your Home free program in partnership with councils,
- ACT Household Hazardous Waste information with local, free drop off locations.
Before taking your items to a collection point, check what can and cannot be accepted.
You can also search RecyclingNearyou for disposal options for other hazardous materials like: