In a bid to reduce household hazards, councils across the North Coast and the North East Waste Forum are providing free household chemical surrender days and chemical disposal services at local waste facilities.

Since the collections were commenced in 2002, a massive 136,467kg of household hazardous chemicals has been collected across the region, with the average annual collection being around 27,493kg.

“There is a wide range of potentially hazardous chemicals in and around the home. We are keen to recover them for recycling and treatment,” said Gordon Fraser-Quick, co-ordinator of the North East Waste Forum.

“Since 2002 we have recovered over 136 tonne of hazardous material, kept it out of landfill and recycled it. That’s got to be good for the planet and the region.”

The free service, available to residents of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Richmond Valley, Kyogle and Clarence Valley councils, provides 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“Unwanted or out-of-date chemicals can be harmful to human health and the environment. This free service provides a safe option for chemical disposal that also sees the material recycled wherever possible,” said Mr Fraser-Quick.

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.

To assist in preparing for the collection days, Mr Fraser-Quick advises residents to check around your home and sheds, then keep yourself, your family and your environment safe by transporting unwanted chemicals carefully to avoid mixing or spilling chemicals.

Collection days will be held on the following dates at the following locations:

  • Tweed Stotts Creek Waste Depot Fri 22 May and Sat 23 May 8am to 3pm. Ledday’s Creek Road, Stott’s Creek (off Tweed Valley Way).
  • Byron Myocum Landfill Fri 29 May and Sat 30 May 8am to 3pm. Manse Road, Myocum.
  • Ballina Ballina Landfill Sun 7th June 9 am to 4pm. Southern Cross Drive, Ballina.
  • Richmond Valley Casino (Namoona) Landfill Sun 24 May 9am to 4pm. Dargaville Drive, Casino.
  • Richmond Valley Evans Head TFS Sun 31 May 9am to 4pm Evans Head/Broadwater Road.
  • Kyogle Showground Tue 26 May 9am to 4pm 43. Summerland Way (New Park), Kyogle.
  • Clarence Valley Grafton TFS Wed 27 May 9am to 4pm. Corner Duke and Kirchner Streets, Grafton.
  • Clarence Valley Maclean (Townsend) TFS Thur 28 May 9am to 4pm. Paperbark Drive, Townsend.

“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,” said Mr Fraser-Quick.

For more detailed information on dates and venues and to check those chemicals that will be accepted, call the clean out hotline on 1800 502 300 or go to www.northeastwasteforum.org.au