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Annual Household Chemical Cleanout

Households across the Shire are being encouraged to take part in the upcoming Household Chemical Cleanout. This annual event is an opportunity for people across the Shire to safely dispose of potentially hazardous chemicals around their homes.

Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd, says “the cleanout event offers residents a great way to do their spring cleaning by providing a free drop off point for unwanted chemicals”.

“Warrumbungle Shire Council is one of the 13 NetWaste member council areas who are holding a household chemical cleanout collection during October and November”.

“The annual Household Chemical Cleanout is a good reminder to clear out household kitchen cupboards, garden sheds and laundry shelves. This campaign is all about removing toxic products from homes and disposing of them in a safe way,” Cr Todd said.

Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Household Chemical Cleanout is taking place in November with the collection scheduled for 2:00pm – 5:00pm on Saturday, 24 November 2018, at the Coonabarabran Landfill.

“A staggering 53 tonnes of household chemicals were collected last year across the region, with old paint topping the list at over 21 tonnes and pesticides totalling 6 tonnes. “Council encourages residents to take advantage of this opportunity, which only comes around once a year”, said Cr Todd.

“Typical unwanted household products such as paint, gas cylinders and batteries can all be dropped off through this collection. As well as this, more unusual toxic chemicals such as acids and cyanide-based products and flares can also be dropped off. These are high risk products and they need to be handled and disposed of correctly to reduce the risk to the environment and also the local community”, he said.

Clr Todd reminded people that, “particular care should be taken to ensure all chemicals are transported safely to the collection centre and that this is a free service for household quantities only”.

For further information on the Household Chemical Cleanout visit www.cleanout.com.au.

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Last Updated: 20 Nov 2018