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There are two programs that operate within the region to assist the community safely dispose of unwanted or outdated chemicals:
Annual Household Chemical CleanOut
Have you ever wondered what to do with those unwanted, out-of-date or disused household chemicals kept in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed?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 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.
This is a safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household and rural chemicals, and the first 20kg/L are accepted free of charge.
Please note the collection for 2013 occurred on 17 & 18 August and there will not be another collection this year. The 2014 dates are yet to be finalised and will be updated when the regional collection dates have been set.
Please hold onto your chemicals for the next collection as facilities to store unwanted chemicals are currently unavailable.
If you have tins of paint that have small amounts of residual paint in them that you wish to dispose of, leave the lid off and let all the liquid dry out completely so it is solid before disposing of the container.
TAMWORTH - Saturday 21 July 2012
Tamworth Waste Management Facility, Forest Road (9am – 4pm)
BARRABA – Sunday 22 July 2012
Barraba Landfill, Whittens Lane, Barraba (1:30pm – 4pm)
What can be accepted in the annual collection
Here's your chance to get rid of:
- paint and paint related products
- pesticides, herbicides, and poisons
- solvents and household cleaners
- motor oils, fuels and fluids
- gas bottles
- fire extinguishes
- pool chemicals
- acids and alkalis
- hobby chemicals
- smoke alarms
- fluorescent tubes
Quantities of 50kg or more need to be booked in prior to the collection date by calling 6767 5043.
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
- chemical gas cylinders which are not identified or labelled
- evacuated electrical equipment (such as TV tubes)
- infectious and medical waste (other than pharmaceuticals)
- concrete and masonry (unless chemically contaminated and only in small amounts)
- steel and car parts
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.