Hundreds of farmers and waste holders have rushed to register their unwanted agvet chemicals in time for ChemClear’s upcoming collection in Queensland.
A total of 440 people have registered 63,660 lt/kg of chemical for the June collection after the booking line closed on 19th April.
More than 27,000 lt/kg will be collected for free under the program with the remaining 35,000 lt/kg attracting a per litre fee.
ChemClear, an industry stewardship program which collects and safely disposes of eligible agvet chemical products, will now prepare for the upcoming collection spread across 39 local council areas.
National ChemClear Manager, Lisa Nixon said the response from farmers and other chemical users has been incredible.
“It’s pleasing to see the huge amount of registrations,” Lisa said. “We know our message is getting out there and people are responding.”
“This will be one of the biggest undertakings for ChemClear. The last time we were in Queensland we collected more than 52 tonnes of material over a month.”
Waste holders will be contacted in the coming weeks to be notified when and where they can drop off their chemicals.
Lisa said registrants need to make sure their chemicals are properly identified with the correct labels provided by ChemClear and are transported correctly and safely.
“Farmers and chemical users need to take care of how they deliver their potentially dangerous chemicals to the site,” she said.
“As per Agsafe’s Ute- It Don’t Boot-It philosophy, chemicals should never be transported in a cabin and need to be tied down securely.”
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.
For further information, call 1800 008 182 or register here.
Group 1: 27,867 lt/kg from 217 registrants.
Group 2: 35,792.33 lt/kg from 223 registrants.
Total: 63,659.33 lt/kg.
22 May 2013