Free chemical disposal, register now
  • Tuesday 24 March 2009

Chemical users on the Sunshine Coast can dispose of surplus products, free in May, through a program that safely collects and disposes of unwanted chemicals.

Those wanting to dispose of their old, unknown or registered chemicals must register their details by 1 April 2009. ChemClear, in partnership with local councils, already has 48 tonne of chemicals awaiting collection throughout Queensland.

Waste Manager Wayne Schafer said that this is a great opportunity to get rid of unwanted products in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

“Industrial users such as the agriculture and veterinary sectors should take the opportunity to check out their chemical stores and get rid of any potential hazards,” Mr Schafer said.

“Anyone wanting to get rid of chemicals must pre register by 5pm, 1 April. Council will provide a host location for disposal however ChemClear will contact registered parties to confirm the disposal process.”

Those wishing to register should have details ready before they book. ChemClear require the product name and chemical manufacturer (if known), the container size and quantity for disposal. Free collections apply to registered chemicals, while unknown or unregistered chemicals will incur a fee for disposal.

Lisa Nixon, National ChemClear Program Manager says adverse consequences can occur for persons holding onto surplus chemicals.

“We collect chemicals in containers with or without labels. They can be unknown and many years old,” Ms Nixon said.

“It is really important to get these chemicals out of storage systems and disposed of securely and appropriately. If you don’t know what the chemicals are, you don’t know how they will react with each other.”

All chemicals must be booked for collection by 5pm, 1 April by calling 1800 008182 or logging on to www.chemclear.com.au