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Chemical collection for WA

Published: 18-01-2012

Western Australian agvet chemical users are invited to start the Australian Year of the Farmer off in the right way by taking part in the upcoming ChemClear collection.

Locals have the opportunity to responsibly get rid of any old, obsolete or inherited products on their properties by simply calling or logging onto the ChemClear website to register by the March 9 deadline. The scheduled April-May collection is gearing up and has the potential to be one of WA’s largest chemical retrievals for the program, with over 15,000 litres of product already booked for safe disposal.

ChemClear works in conjunction with the state’s shire councils who partner the program and provide host sites for their communities to take advantage of this superb end-of-use industry stewardship initiative. Participants will have at least one drop-off point in their shire region to help make the disposal process easier.

All chemicals registered with ChemClear are classified into two categories; group one and group two.

Group one chemicals are currently-registered products from participating manufacturers to the Industry Waste Reduction Scheme; these chemicals are accepted free of charge, while the group two classification involves chemicals that are historic, unknown, unlabelled, de-registered or are non-participating manufacturers’ products. Group two chemicals incur a per-litre fee for disposal.

ChemClear National Program Manager Lisa Nixon is in charge of co-ordinating the third visit to the West since 2007 and she was quick to urge all agvet chemical users to get involved.

“We currently have around 6,500 litres of group one chemicals on the booking line and over 9,000 litres of group two, but I am sure these volumes will grow significantly during the open booking line period,” she said.

“Western Australians have a terrific chance to clean up their properties free of any hazardous agvet chemicals that may no longer be of use to their farming operations. Getting started couldn’t be any easier- make an inventory of your chemicals and then give us a call or jump on our website to register, and we’ll be in touch to keep you up to date on the collection process.”

For further information on the upcoming WA collection, call 1800 008 182.  Registrations close on March 9.