Over 16T of hazardous waste collected

In association with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Cessnock City Council has recovered over 16 tonnes of household hazardous chemicals that may otherwise have been destined to landfill.

In association with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Cessnock City Council has recovered over 16 tonnes of household hazardous chemicals that may otherwise have been destined to landfill.

In a joint collection operation held in April, residents were able to deliver their unwanted chemicals to the free drop off site for collection and safe disposal.

The event saw 225 residents deliver over 16 tonnes of unwanted household chemical such as paints, gas bottles, acids, alkalis, herbicides and pesticides.  

This surpasses the 2015 event with attendance up 21 per cent and an extra 6 tonnes of material being collected.  

Council’s Manager of Environment and Waste Services Michael Alexander said the response was very pleasing, with some customers ready to drop off their material before the official 9am opening.   

“It was great to see a constant stream of people visited the site throughout the day taking advantage of the service,” Mr Alexander said.  

Collection, transport and safe disposal was conducted by Transpacific. The trained staff unloaded, checked and characterised the products with a chemist on-site during the event.  

“Feedback from residents was positive, with further events to be scheduled the most common request.”   

Council has the next clean out event scheduled for 9 April 2017 which will be advertised in the lead up in the local media and Council website.  

Other events are scheduled for other Hunter councils in May for those who might have missed this opportunity. For all dates, locations and a full list of materials accepted call the Environment Line on 131 555 or visit www.cleanout.com.au

The household chemical cleanout is a NSW EPA waste less, recycle more initiative funded from the Waste Levy.

5 May 2016