Russell Chaplin, the council’s manager of waste and recycling services, said there was a wide range of potentially hazardous chemicals in and around the home. Mr Chaplin said the free service provided an opportunity to clean out household chemical clutter and dispose of unwanted chemicals safely.
“Unwanted or out-of-date chemicals can be harmful to human health and the environment,” he said.
Gordon Fraser-Quick, co-ordinator of the North East Waste Forum, said the service provided a safe option for chemical disposal that also saw the material recycled wherever possible.
Household quantities of up to 20 litres of household chemicals will be accepted.
Products such as paint and paint-related products; pesticides, herbicides and poisons; solvents and household cleaners; pool chemicals; acids and alkalis and hobby chemicals can be dropped off on the household chemical collection days.
“Check around your home and shed, then keep yourself, your family and your environment safe by transporting unwanted chemicals carefully to avoid mixing or spilling chemicals,” said Mr Chaplin.
Residents are advised to prepare for the collection days by checking wherever they store any household chemicals and selecting the chemicals they don’t use.
The collection days for Byron Shire will be between 8am and 3pm on Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30, at the Myocum landfill.
“To ensure your safety and environmental protection, a specialist chemical collector will be on hand to take away your unwanted household chemicals and dispose of them in a safe and environmentally friendly manner, avoiding any potential polluting of our environment,” Mr Fraser-Quick said.
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