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Tonnes of household chemicals are expected to be dropped off, when the City of Canterbury Bankstown holds its first annual chemical collection days for 2018, on Saturday (3 February).
Mayor Khal Asfour said Council received more than 50 tonnes last year.
"These events are extremely popular because residents can safely drop off household chemicals at no cost and they are then safely disposed of and, in some cases, recycled," Mayor Asfour said.
"If chemicals are thrown in the bin, they will go to landfill and can be very toxic and dangerous for our workers and the City’s environment, particularly waterways."
This Saturday’s free event will be held from 9am-3pm at Council’s car park in Shakespeare Street, Campsie. A second event will be held later this year in Bankstown.
Household items which can be dropped off include:
"Over the years, our sheds and the cupboards slowly fill up with all kinds of household chemicals, many of which we never get around to using again. While it’s important we store them correctly and out of reach of children, it’s also vital we dispose of them correctly," Mayor Asfour said.
"Quite often, due to their age, they can start corroding or leaking and that can be dangerous to the health of your family."
Here are some tips on how to transport household chemicals safely:
Don’t mix chemicals, as this may produce dangerous reactions;
Wherever possible, keep all chemicals in their original containers;
Ensure containers are clearly labelled. If you do not know the contents, label the container ‘unknown chemical’; Wrap containers holding liquids securely in newspaper, place in sturdy plastic bags and then in a plastic bucket or tray; and Transport chemicals in the boot of your car, away from passengers.
For more information on the collection day, call 9707 9807 or go to cb.city/chemicalcleanout
8/02/2018 12:07 PM