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More Household Chemical Cleanouts return

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More Household Chemical CleanOut events are returning to your neighbourhood over the next couple of months after a break because of COVID-19.

The free service, run jointly by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and local councils, provides a safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household items such as paint, oils and cleaning products.

The return of these events is a welcome addition to the calendar for the NSW community, with many people using their recent spare time to de-clutter the house and garage. Any problem wastes discovered while de-cluttering can now be disposed of for free at a Household Chemical CleanOut.

You can take household quantities of many chemicals and items – up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a single item – to a CleanOut event, including:

  • Car and household batteries
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Gas bottles
  • Smoke detectors
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes, and more

The events include Shoalhaven, Northern Beaches, Singleton, Randwick, Maitland in coming weeks as well as Campbelltown, Blue Mountains, Shellharbour, Newcastle, Liverpool, Cumberland and Cessnock in July 2020, Central Coast, Kiama, Wollongong, Hawkesbury, Port Stephens and Fairfield in August 2020.

See the EPA website for information about individual events, for dates, times and other details including locations, with more events being added regularly.

Due to COVID-19 there are new protocols that participants need to be aware of:

Before you attend a Chemical CleanOut event, please place all materials in the rear of your vehicle. On arrival, remain in your vehicle and our contractor will collect your items. Contractors onsite will be wearing personal protective equipment and following social distancing measures.

Source: EPA NSW

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