Chemical users across the State of NSW will be given a much needed hand in getting rid of their unwanted chemicals as ChemClear plans its next collection
for the State.
The program is calling on all waste holders in NSW to register their unwanted chemicals for the collection. So far, 14,407 L/kg of obsolete product
has been registered for the upcoming collection and ChemClear is expecting this figure to rise by about 10,000 litres.
The chemicals ChemClear collects are classified as either Group 1 or Group 2 under the program. Group 1 are collected free of charge to the waste holders
as a levy has been paid on these products at the point of manufacturer and passed on through distribution to the consumer at the point of sale. Participating
manufacturers’ chemical drums or labels display a logo which denotes to the ChemClear and drumMUSTER program eligibility. 108 manufacturers of chemical
are voluntary members of the program.
Group 2 chemicals include unlabelled or severely out of date products, mixed chemicals and chemicals from non-participating manufacturers. Group 2 products
attract a fee per litre charge as they are made by companies not participating in the stewardship programs. ChemClear National Manager Lisa Nixon said
the program helps chemical users make good purchasing, storing and disposal decisions with their chemicals.
”Before our stewardship program was in place a lot of chemical users had no idea of how to get rid of their oversupply, unusable or in some cases inherited
chemicals,” she said.
”So they continued to gather dust in chemical sheds around Australia. Simply storing them isn’t a long term viable solution, especially for those who are
audited against their quality management systems, certifications or workplace safety programs.”
Farmers and other chemical users have until Friday 29th August to take advantage of this State run before the booking line closes.
The collection comes off the back of a successful regional campaign in the southern region of NSW in November last year, where the ChemClear truck collected
more than four and a half tonnes of products.
Since 2003, the program has collected a total of 104,000L/kg of hazardous chemicals for safe disposal from NSW and 403,000L/kg across Australia.
Ninety eight per cent of the chemical collected is used as an alternative fuel source in the manufacturing of cement. Most of the material is destroyed
in kilns which reach temperatures in excess of 1800°C.
To register your unwanted chemicals for ChemClear’s next run, call the hotline on 1800 008 182 or visit the website at www.chemclear.com.au
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