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ChemClear figures on track for Tasmania collection

Published: 11-10-2013

Tasmanians have logged in about 7000 litres of unwanted and out-of-date chemicals for a state-wide collection, currently planned to launch later this year.

The collection was postponed earlier this year due to a lack of volume in registrations.  So far more than 900 litres of Group 1 chemicals have been registered which is hitting ChemClear’s targets.

These chemicals will be collected for free under the program because they have been produced from one of the 101 manufacturers who have signed on to the drumMUSTER and ChemClear program and therefore the disposal levy has been applied.

ChemClear’s Program Manager Lisa Nixon said they didn’t receive enough registrations to make the collection economically viable last year.

But she said a collection is definitely on the horizon.

“We advertised last year throughout Tassie but unfortunately did not meet our quota of litreage to sustain the collection,” she said.

“To make it worthwhile for ChemClear to travel south to Tassie from our base in Melbourne we need a volume of at least 1000 litres of what we classify as Group 1 agvet chemicals to have been registered through our system to ensure viability and cover all associated costs

At the conclusion of the registration period last year we had only received 700 litres in this category which was too low to sign off on the collection.”

“But now we’re well on our way to reaching that goal.”

Group 1 chemicals are collected for free under the program while Group 2 chemicals, which are products from unknown and historic manufacturers or companies not participating in the ChemClear and drumMUSTER stewardship program, attract a fee per litre for disposal.

ChemClear has previously held five collections in the state retrieving in excess of 17,185 litres of hazardous chemicals for safe disposal.

To register your unwanted chemicals for ChemClear’s next run call the hotline on 1800 008 182 or Register Online.