Ipswich invited to use hazardous waste disposal day

IPSWICH residents will be able to dispose of hazardous waste from their properties at a special upcoming collection day.

Ipswich City Council City Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Councillor Cheryl Bromage said the council would host the 2015 Household Chemical and Gas Cylinder Drop-Off Day on June 27 at the Riverview Recycling and Refuse Centre only from 8am to 4pm.

Household chemical waste includes pool chemicals, cleaning products, batteries, electronic waste and unwanted medicines.

The list of accepted items includes, acids and alkalis, brake fluid and coolant, domestic BBQ gas bottles, fuel, glue, grease, herbicides, household chemicals, paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, rust inhibitors, solvents and thinners, stains and varnish and, wood preservatives

Cr Bromage said she encouraged the community to take advantage of the special scheduled drop off day which replaced the former household chemical disposal service.

"This is your chance to be able to dispose of these materials via council as the city's recycling and refuse centres no longer accept household chemicals and gas bottles on a day to day basis."

Cr Bromage said residents could also dispose of gas cylinders at the place of purchase if they do not wish to travel to Riverview or wait for the next drop-off day.

Chemicals and other hazardous waste should be transported in a safe manner.

Tips from the council include never mixing chemicals, keeping them in their original containers and clearly labelling and sealing containers.

The council also advises that liquid can leak during transport. Residents are advised to wrap containers in newspaper and place them in sturdy plastic bags, then pack in a plastic tray or bucket and preferably transported in the boot.

The day is only open to Ipswich residents and there will be no charge only for accepted items on the day.

The standard disposal fee will apply for all other waste items brought to the centre for disposal.

The Riverview Recycle and Refuse Centre is located at 81 Riverview Rd, Riverview.
Inquiries about the Household Chemical and Gas Cylinder Drop-Off Day can be directed to council on 3810 6666.



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