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Last chance to register chemical before the run begins

Published: 15-04-2013

There are only 4 days left to register for ChemClear’s Queensland collection run commencing in June as booking lines close on 19th April.

We have had a great start to this year’s collection with more than 42.5 tonnes of chemical already logged by farmers, rural businesses, golf courses and other agricultural chemical users across 32 local government areas.

ChemClear is an industry stewardship program which collects and safely disposes of eligible agvet chemical products from 99 participating manufacturers.

These chemicals are collected free of charge thanks to a small levy applied to eligible products by the manufacturers and passed onto the consumer at the point of sale.

The program also collects non-participating manufacturers’ products, unlabelled, unknown, severely out of date and mixed chemicals under a per litre charge.

ChemClear’s National Program Manager Lisa Nixon said that chemical users may be cleaning up from the floods earlier this year and should not miss this opportunity to register before the closing date.

“In sheds and storage facilities across the country, there are containers and bottles of chemical that property owners have no further use for, are damaged,  inherited, or, have simply forgotten about,” she said.

“Our program collects and disposes of these chemicals safely and environmentally, so, I encourage all property owners to check their sheds and register these chemicals for safe disposal.  We have already received over 199 registrations across both eligible chemical classifications with 17 tonne of Group 1 products being logged under the free collection service”.

Peak horticulture body, Growcom’s Chief Executive Officer, Alex Livingstone said that growers cleaning up after the recent floods may find the ChemClear collection service this June particularly timely.

“Growers may have found unwanted chemical containers on their properties, washed down from neighbouring farms,” said Mr Livingstone.

“Or they may have had their own chemical containers washed out of sheds and rendered useless due to loss of labels.

“I know that growers are still busy with the clean-up but urge them to register before the 19 April deadline and rid themselves of one task that must be done.”

The 2013 collection will be ChemClear’s fifth in the state, with the last five runs retrieving over 112 tonnes of obsolete chemical for disposal.

About 98% of chemicals collected by ChemClear are used as an alternative fuel source in the manufacturing of cement. Most of the material is destroyed in kilns which reach temperatures in excess of 1,800°C.

To register for this collection or for further information, call 1800 008 182 or visit:

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Nick Arnott-Job

Communications Designer Agsafe Ltd – Accreditation & Training | drumMUSTER | ChemClear 02 6230 4799