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Don’t wait to register unwanted chemicals

Published: 08-06-2012

Regional Victorians are being reminded to have a look in their sheds for any unwanted agvet chemicals and to register them for ChemClear’s next local collection.

The program has just wrapped up a four day run which collected and disposed of more than 1700 litres of unwanted agvet chemicals from landholders in the Coldstream, Bairnsdale, Morwell, Leongatha, Ballarat and Mornington regions.

More than 915 litres of the chemicals came from the 95 manufacturers who participate in the ChemClear program and was disposed of free of charge. The rest of the chemical waste was from unknown agvet chemicals or products from non-participating companies which attracts a per litre fee for disposal.

ChemClear is undertaking more collections across regional Victoria. People holding or storing unwanted chemicals should take the initiative, make an inventory and register them for disposal. ChemClear’s National Program Manager Lisa Nixon said there’s no need to wait to get rid of your dangerous and unwanted chemicals.

“Now is the time for local Victorians who may have missed out on getting rid of their unwanted agvet chemicals in our recent regional collections,” she said.

“Chemical users holding obsolete chemicals don’t need to wait to see an ad in the paper for our services. We’re here 24/7 to accept your registration, you haven’t missed the boat.”

The regional runs come off the back of a successful collection through Western Australia which covered 10,700 square km and collected more than 15 tonnes of obsolete agvet chemicals from 104 waste holders.

ChemClear undertakes collections in regional NSW and Victoria with the help of experienced contractors who pick up registered chemicals along their run. After receiving enough registrations ChemClear also schedules state-wide collections.

Lisa said it was important to stress that waste holders need to register their chemicals as soon as possible.

“If you are holding unwanted agvet chemicals take an inventory and register them with us as soon as possible. This way we can pinpoint exactly where you are and what you have, which helps us schedule regional collections so that we can get these chemicals off your hands as soon as possible,” she said.

The ChemClear program has disposed of 37,586 litres of agvet chemicals in Victoria. Nationally it’s helped local communities safely dispose of more than 335,000 litres.

To register your unwanted chemicals call ChemClear’s hotline on 1800 008 182 or visit