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Free Household Chemical Drop Off Service Starts this Weekend

ChemSafe Homes Tasmania’, a free household chemical drop-off service, begins this weekend in the State’s south.

Gates will be open from 9am this Saturday at the Derwent Entertainment Centre and Sunday at the Kingborough Council Depot. Similar services will be held in Launceston and Burnie the following weekend. 

The drop-off service gives Tasmanians the chance to clear out unwanted and out of date chemicals, thus creating safer homes. It also adds to the understanding of quantities and types of chemicals used and helps better manage chemical waste.

Under the program, drop-off days have been organised at various locations around Tasmania. Anyone with an unwanted household chemical can visit any of the drop-off points on each day and locations will be rotated across as many jurisdictions as possible. Drop-off sites will accept household quantities, up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms per item.

Chemicals accepted at the drop-off sites include most garden, kitchen, laundry, shed and garage chemicals, along with different types of fuels, oils, lubricants, paints, thinner, solvents and poisons.

This includes all household horticultural chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides, fuels, lubricants, coolants, brake and transmission fluid, all batteries, gas cylinders, fertiliser, photograhic chemicals, aerosol cans and pharmaceuticals.

Drop-off sites will NOT accept products such as motor oil, farm chemicals, fire extinguishers, asbestos, ammunition and explosives and chemicals from commercial business.

The 'ChemSafe Homes Tasmania' program is part of the Tasmanian Household Hazardous Waste Collection Project.

This is a joint project between the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment, the Local Government Association of Tasmania and three regional bodies – the Southern Waste Strategy Authority, the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group and the Northern Tasmania Regional Waste Management Group.

Time Table for Drop-Off Sites 2009

Saturday 28 November, 9.00am to 3.30pm

Derwent Entertainment Centre, Brooker Highway, Glenorchy

Sunday 29 November, 9.00am to 3.30pm, Kingborough Council Depot, Cr Channel Highway & Spring Farm Road

Saturday 5 December, 9.00am to 3.30pm, Launceston City Council Depot, 50 Remount Road, Launceston

Sunday 6 December, noon to 4.00pm Burnie Waste Management Centre, Mooreville Road, Burnie