Council is pleased to confirm new dates for the Central Coast’s Chemical CleanOut event in Long Jetty following cancellations due to the severe weather conditions that unfolded earlier in the year. This includes the addition of two new events in August for the community to take part in.
Residents are again encouraged to clear out unwanted and out-of-date hazardous items from homes, garages, and sheds to be correctly disposed for free at the Chemical CleanOut events.
Community members can safely drop off their chemicals for free between 9am to 3.30pm daily, on the following dates:
- Long Jetty Council Depot, on Morris Place, Bateau Bay from Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 June 2022.
- Event Park, Kariong, located off Kangoo Road, on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2022
- Charmhaven Council Depot, on Chelmsford Rd, Charmhaven on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August 2022.
Council Unit Manager Waste Services and Business Development, Andrew Pearce said due to the ongoing severe weather events that took place earlier this year, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) made the tough but necessary decision to reschedule the Chemical CleanOut event in Long Jetty.
“The community’s safety was at the forefront of the decision to postpone the CleanOut event at Long Jetty, with the NSW EPA diverting resources to affected areas across NSW during this challenging time,” Mr Pearce said.
“We look forward to welcoming community members back to these free events, with an additional two events added this year. These events allow residents to dispose of hazardous materials safely and for the recovery of reusable materials. We expect this to be of particular interest to those residents that have experienced household build-up of these items during not only the pandemic but recent flooding events.
“Incorrect disposal of chemicals, such as dumping, placing in the bin or pouring down drains, are not only offences that attract fines and penalties, but they can also cause serious environmental effects by contaminating our waterways and landfill sites.
“This is just one of the many resource recovery initiatives offered to residents beyond their household waste and recycling collection services, which the community can discover more about by checking the A-Z Waste Disposal and Recycling Guide at 1Coast.com.au.”
Items that can be dropped off include pesticides, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, fluorescent globes and tubes as well as any unknown or unidentified chemicals which are accepted for identification and correct disposal.
Council Administrator, Rik Hart continues to be impressed by the ongoing commitment from the community to responsibly dispose of problem waste.
“In previous years, CleanOut events across the region have continued to attract consistent, record-breaking numbers, so it’s great to see these events still taking place this year for the community to attend,” Mr Hart said.
“With growing interest in the event, it is clear that residents are eager to do the right thing and keep these hazardous materials out of landfills, which Council is determined to support.”
Up to 100L of paint can be accepted per vehicle, in containers of 20L or less. For all other items, only household quantities of up to 20L or 20kg are accepted.
Council urges residents to transport material safely, keep chemicals in the original container and remain in their vehicles when dropping off hazardous waste.
For the full list of chemicals that can be dropped off, call 131 555 or visit the NSW Environment Protection Authority website.
The Household Chemical CleanOut program is a NSW Environment Protection Authority Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded by the waste levy, brought to you by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Paintback and Central Coast Council.