Programs for Disposal of Chemicals
There are two programs that operate within the region to assist the community safely dispose of unwanted or outdated chemicals:
Have you ever wondered what to do with those unwanted, out-of-date or disused household chemicals kept in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed?
Tamworth Regional Council in conjunction with Northern Inland Regional Waste (NIRW)conducts an Annual Chemical CleanOut Campaign. The campaign is generally held on a date during July/August each year, and has been operating in the Region since 1999. This service is currently only available once a year at specific Council waste management facilities. Please hold onto your chemicals until the next collection as Council does not have facilities to store unwanted toxic chemicals at landfill sites.
This is a safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals for free and is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the Waste Levy.
What can be accepted in the annual collection
Here's your chance to get rid of:
From your home:
From your car:
- Solvents and household cleaners
- Floor care products
- Ammonia based cleaners
- Fluorescent globes and tubes
- Smoke detectors
From your garage:
- Car batteries
- Motor oils, fuels and fluids
- Paint and paint related products
- Pesticides and herbicides
- Gas bottles
- Fire extinguishers
- Pool chemicals
- Hobby chemicals
- Acids and alkalis
Maximum of 20kg or 20L drum sizes acceptable.
What can’t be accepted
Materials that are NOT accepted in this collection:
- chemicals from businesses/commercial enterprises – please contact an appropriate service provider
- empty containers
- general garbage (garden, green waste recyclables)
- nightsoil (sewage tank sludge and residues)
- quarantine waste
- infectious and medical waste (other than pharmaceuticals)
- concrete and masonry (unless chemically contaminated and only in small amounts)
- steel and car parts
Storage and transportation
Please handle and transport chemicals carefully:
- NEVER MIX CHEMICALS as this may produce dangerous reactions
- Wherever possible keep all chemicals in their original containers
- Ensure containers are clearly labelled and well sealed (please have lids on all containers or tins). If you do not know the contents, label the container 'UNKNOWN CHEMICAL'
- Liquid can leak during transport: wrap old or damaged containers holding liquids securely in newspaper, place in sturdy plastic bags and then in plastic buckets or trays
- Keep household chemicals away from passengers eg. in the boot
More information about safe storage, handling and transport of chemicals can be found at the Office of Environment and Hertiage website or the Northern Inland Regional Waste website.
ChemClear is an industry stewardship program which is funded to collect currently registered agricultural and veterinary chemicals at the end of their life cycle, or when they become surplus.
Group 1 chemicals (currently registered) are collected free of charge. Group 2 chemicals attract a disposal fee. These are chemicals which are no longer registered, unknown, unlabelled, out of date or mixed agriculture & veterinary chemicals. You can register online for the program or phone 1800 008 182.