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4,334 Kilograms Of Chemicals Collected

More than 4,000 kilograms of unwanted chemicals were disposed of at a chemical collection day...

By Carol McCormack - 25th November 2002 - Back to News

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More than 4,000 kilograms of unwanted chemicals were disposed of at a chemical collection day held recently in Cowes by Bass Coast Shire Council and Ecorecycle.

"Approximately half of the total waste collected was oil or paint," said Peter Roberts, Waste Management Officer with Bass Coast Shire Council.  "698 kilograms of batteries were also handed in, about 16 per cent of the total waste collected."

The chemical collection day is held annually in the Shire.  It aims to provide local people with the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals and other hazardous items.

Peter said that 88 households took advantage of the collection, an increase from 49 last year.

"We are very pleased with the result," said Peter.  "Some of the more dangerous chemicals that were collected include 10 litres of nitric acid and some very poisonous pesticides."

Chemicals collected

Acids                                   108kg                         Batteries                    698kg

Compressed gases            615.5kg                      Pesticides                  321kg

Inert liquid                            42kg                           Oil                            1,132kg

Paint                                    1,109kg                      Hydrocarbons          38.7kg

Other                                    269kg


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