Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Time To Clean Out Chemicals

Written by Murrindindi Shire Council
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 08:25

ChemClear and Murrindindi Shire Council have joined forces in providing scheduled collection points for people to dispose of any surplus, unwanted, unlabelled, mixed or out of date agricultural and vet chemicals.

Council’s Infrastructure and Assets portfolio spokesman Cr Bob Flowers said the ChemClear service provided a range of options for people to dispose of chemicals safely and under some guidelines, for free.

“From the hobby farmer through to major landholders, this service supports best practice principles in making smart disposal choices for agricultural and vet chemicals. It is about reducing and managing risks on farms and in business,” Cr Flowers said. “There has traditionally been a good response from people across the shire in utilising this service. Already, more than 453 litres of chemicals have been registered for this year’s collection.”

Cr Flowers said the process for collection was quick and easy.

“People need to follow a few easy steps which are provided on a toll free number or the collection website to register their unwanted chemicals for retrieval. They are given an appointment time and location to meet the retrieval team to drop off their registered chemicals for disposal,” Cr Flowers said.

ChemClear collects registered chemicals produced by manufacturers supporting the Industry Waste Reduction Scheme. These chemicals are classified as Group 1 and are collected free of charge.

As an additional service, ChemClear collects what are classified as Group 2 chemicals. These agricultural chemicals are de-registered, product out of date by a period of two years, mixed, unlabelled, unknown, or, produced by a manufacturer not contributing to the stewardship program.

There is a cost for disposal of Group 2 products which is quoted to the waste holder once their registration has been processed.

Registration for this year’s October collection closes on 3 September. People can register at 1800 008 182 or visit