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Free household hazardous waste drop-off day

26 August, 2013

Free household hazardous waste drop-off day

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is making it easier for eastside residents to safely dispose of household hazardous waste with a free drop-off day at Chandler Transfer Station on Saturday, 7 September.

The Lord Mayor said items, which included every day products such as garden and pool chemicals, paints and gas cylinders, could be disposed of between 8am and 3pm at the transfer station.

“Household hazardous waste can be flammable, corrosive, explosive or toxic and it’s important to store these materials correctly and dispose of them properly,” Cr Quirk said.

“It’s also important that hazardous waste doesn’t end up in our wheelie bins and through this initiative we can ensure items like herbicides, acid and petrol are safely managed.

“During 2012 more than 48 tonnes of household hazardous waste was collected through our four free annual hazardous waste days offered by Council.”

Through these events Council aims to keep hazardous waste from being disposed of incorrectly in sewers, stormwater drains, garbage bins, bushland, and rivers or buried in backyards.

Quantities are limited to 20 litres of each substance per household. Residents are advised to bring fluids in a disposable container. Only empty gas bottles up to 9kg will be accepted. Waste from commercial operators will not be accepted.

Residents can drop off the following items at no charge on Saturday, 7 September:

• Fire extinguishers
• Petrol
• Motor, sump and gear oil
• Fungicide/insecticide
• Car batteries
• Brake fluid
• Herbicides and weed killers
• Paint
• Fibreglass resins
• Gas cylinders (maximum of six 9kg bottles)
• Pool chemicals
• Photographic chemicals
• Smoke detectors
• Compact fluorescent lights
• Aerosols

The next household hazardous waste drop-off day will be held at Nudgee Transfer Station on Saturday, 7 December.

Council’s four transfer stations, open every day of the year between 6.30am and 5.45pm, now permanently accept low level hazardous waste. Items that are accepted year round include electronic waste, used mineral engine oil, car batteries (lead acid only), paint, compact fluorescent lights, aerosols, and empty gas bottles only.

Chandler Transfer Station is located at Tilley Road, Chandler. For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/waste or phone Council on 3403 8888. [Ends] AUGUST 26, 2013

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