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City of Sydney hosts free household chemical cleanout day

Sydneysiders are being asked to safely dispose of their old car batteries, solvents, pesticides and paints as part of the City of Sydney’s free household chemical cleanout day.

The joint initiative between the City and the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has been organised to help residents safely remove unwanted, hazardous items from their home without fear of harming the environment or local waterways.

“The City has a long-term objective of zero waste to landfill. The annual chemical cleanout brings us closer to that target while ensuring chemicals such as mercury, cadmium and lead don’t end up in our waterways,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“The City is proud to work with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority to run chemical drop-off days to help keep our city and its waterways clean.”

Chemicals will be sorted into more than 40 categories for re-use or recycling. Items such as unwanted paints can be used as an alternative fuel in cement kilns, and residual gas can be recovered from gas bottles for industrial use.

Residents are advised to stay in their vehicles at the drop-off site to allow waste experts to safely collect all items and chemicals.

More than 22 tonnes of waste from 580 households was collected at the 2016 cleanout.

The City of Sydney said computers, mobile phones, cameras and other electronic goods should not be brought to the chemical clean-out but reserved for its next e-waste drop-off day in September.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore also invited residents to have their say on the City’s draft waste strategy, which is currently on exhibition.

“One of the exciting actions proposed in the draft ‘Leave Nothing to Waste’ is a community drop off centre open year round for problem waste items such as those that are dropped off annually at the chemical cleanout day,” Mr Moore said.

“To voice your support for this measure, visit sydneyyoursay.com.au and leave your feedback.”

Pictured: Marco Baiteri at last year’s event held at the Sydney Park depo.