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Householders and farmers urged to bring out their nasties

Householders and farmers are being urged to take advantage of two separate collections to dispose of unwanted chemicals.

By Latrobe City Council - 19th April 2001 - Back to News

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Householders and farmers are being urged to take advantage of two separate collections taking place in Latrobe City, to dispose of unwanted chemicals.

A free household chemical collection will take place on Saturday 28 April between 8am and 11am at the Latrobe City Council Depot, Driffield Road, Morwell; and the free farm chemical collection takes place on Tuesday 8 May at the Traralgon Recreation Reserve.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins, said that it was important that citizens identified which of the two collections was the appropriate one for themselves.

"The household collection gives citizens a chance to go through the home, workshop, garage and garden shed and seek out all kinds of chemical products which are unlikely to ever be used again, and have them disposed of in a proper manner," Cr Jenkins explained.

"There are all kinds of household chemical nasties that accumulate over a number of years that are unwanted, cause harm to the environment when disposed of inappropriately, and are often a risk to young children. This collection is the perfect opportunity to get rid of them," Cr Jenkins said

"Unwanted products such as aerosol cans, insect sprays, polishing products cleaning products, pharmaceuticals, mothballs, paints, paint strippers, fertilisers, fungicides, weed killers, transmission fluid, fuels, oils, acids alkalis, photographic chemicals, gas cylinders, and pool chemicals can all be disposed of safely by taking them along to the householders collection.

"Householders can just turn up on the day. The only provisos are that no single item can exceed 20 litres, and farm chemicals canít be accepted.

"Council urges citizens to ensure that chemicals are transported safely to the Depot. Where possible ensure each item is labelled listing the contents to help determine the best disposal method," Cr Jenkins added.

The free farm chemical collection occurs a week later. Farmers must call 1800 020 190 to be given a time to bring their chemicals in to the Traralgon Recreation Reserve. No household chemicals will be accepted.

Agricultural and veterinary chemicals, pesticides, herbicides; even de-registered chemicals such as Dieldrin, Chlordane, DDT and arsenic-based pesticides will all be accepted. People bringing in banned farm chemicals will not be penalised in any way.

For further information on the Housholder Chemical Collection, contact Latrobe City Council on 1300 367 700; for information on the Farm Chemical Collection, telephone 1800 020 190


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