Hawkesbury City Council, NSW Environment Protection Authority to host Chemical CleanOut

PUT Sunday, August 9 in your diary, and spend the coming weekends gathering together any old chemicals you have laying around your house for free disposal during the annual Chemical CleanOut event.

Run by Hawkesbury City Council in conjunction with the NSW Environment Protection Authority, the Chemical CleanOut is an opportunity for Hawkesbury households to get rid of their chemical waste for free, in an environmentally-responsible manner.

Clean out: Drop off your household chemicals safely, and for free, at Council's annual Chemical CleanOut event at Hawkesbury Showground on Sunday, August 9. Picture: Archive

Clean out: Drop off your household chemicals safely, and for free, at Council's annual Chemical CleanOut event at Hawkesbury Showground on Sunday, August 9. Picture: Archive

The event will take place from 9am until 3.30pm at Hawkesbury Showground on Racecourse Road, Clarendon (entry via Gate 1).

A number of potentially-hazardous household chemicals and items will be accepted including cleaners and solvents, batteries, fluorescent globes and tubes, paint and paint related products, pesticides and herbicides, poisons, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, acids and alkalis, car batteries, motor oils, and fuels and fluids.

Council said only 'household quantities' of the above chemicals and items could be dropped off, up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms for a single item.

This year's Chemical CleanOut will operate a little differently, in keeping with NSW Government COVID-19 advice and protocols.

"On arrival, please remain in the vehicle and a contractor will open your boot and collect the items. Onsite contractors will be wearing personal protective equipment and following physical distancing measures," Council said.

More information is available at the EPA website, www.epa.nsw.gov.au.

  • Businesses are not eligible to participate in the Chemical CleanOut. If you own a business and need to dispose of chemicals, contact a waste disposal service directly or visit businessrecycling.com.au for more information.

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