#Wyong Shire Residents Can Take Advantage Of Free Chemical Drop Off #Charmhaven #CentralCoast

#Wyong Shire Residents Can Take Advantage Of Free Chemical Drop Off #CentralCoast Gaye Crispin, Coast Times NewsWyong Shire Council

Media Release – 19th August 2015

Wyong Shire Residents Can Take Advantage Of Free Chemical Drop Off

Wyong Shire residents are being asked to scour their garages, sheds and homes for unwanted toxic chemicals and hand them over at a free Household Chemical Cleanout day.

A free drop-off point at Charmhaven Depot will be open from 9am – 3.30pm on Saturday 29 August for residents to bring unwanted and potentially toxic items such as paints, pesticides, solvents, batteries and poisons, to be disposed of safely and sustainably.

Residents can drop off household quantities of chemicals with a maximum container size of 20 kilograms or 20 litres between 9am and 3.30pm at the Charmhaven Depot.  Residents should enter via Depot Road, Charmhaven.

Council’s Waste Coordinator, Mr Matthew Collins, said the bi-annual drop off day was an opportunity for people to get rid of potentially harmful household waste in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

#Wyong Shire Residents Can Take Advantage Of Free Chemical Drop Off #CentralCoast Gaye Crispin, Coast Times News

“This free service provides an excellent opportunity to ensure the safety and health of your home and family, whilst protecting the environment,” Mr Collins said.

“Tipping even small amounts of household chemicals down the drain can have a drastic effect, contaminating our waterways and harming marine life.

“Chemicals will be disposed of safely and materials such as paint tins, lead acid batteries and motor oils will in fact be recycled or reused, so not only will residents be helping to reduce pollution but help us recover reusable materials.

“There are obviously a lot of chemicals out there as last year’s collection yielded just over thirty eight tonnes of unwanted materials, collected from 973 vehicles and we are expecting an even bigger turn out this time.”

Traffic management systems will be in place to deal with the high volumes of cars expected and ensure minimum waiting times.

DO NOT MIX CHEMICALS

#Wyong Shire Residents Can Take Advantage Of Free Chemical Drop Off #Charmhaven #CentralCoast

“The most important safety message for residents is not to mix chemicals as this is dangerous and does make it difficult for the chemicals to be treated and disposed of appropriately,” Mr Collins said.

Residents can drop off household quantities of chemicals with a maximum container size of 20 kilograms or 20 litres between 9am and 3.30pm at the Charmhaven Depot.

Residents should enter via Depot Road, Charmhaven.

Council runs free chemical collections twice a year with the support of the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

For a full list of the materials that can be dropped off go to www.cleanout.com.au or call 131-555.

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