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Queensland chemical collection eagerly anticipated

Published: 15-01-2015

Preparations for the 2015 Queensland ChemClear collection are underway, with Program Manager Lisa Nixon forecasting a big year for the program.

Lisa said, “we have had a lot of interest already from primary producers and other agvet chemical users that have registered their surplus stocks over the last 12 months.   We are expecting the booking line to get extremely busy over the next couple of months in the lead up to this collection in late May”.

The collection is partly funded by the QLD Department of Environment and Heritage. The funding will be used to subsidise the costs to primary producers registering their out of date, deregistered and unknown agvet chemicals.

“As an industry program we are very pleased to again work with Government to collect and dispose of potentially dangerous agvet chemicals from Queensland communities.

Eligible Container Logo youtube avatarWithout these important partnerships, obsolete chemicals would continue to be stock-piled – posing a real threat to our environment, health and trade,” Ms Nixon said.

“Obviously the chemicals which display the drumMUSTER logo are eligible for a free collection as per usual and there really is no better time to register the unwanted chemicals that farmers may be storing,” Ms Nixon concluded.

Agsafe and ChemClear are asking chemical retail stores around the state to encourage their clients to register their unwanted chemicals. This collection could save chemical users a lot of money and help the environment at the same time. Booking lines will close on 27 March 2015.

To date, ChemClear has collected over 141,000 litres of chemical through 5 collections made in Queensland. Nationally, ChemClear is on the brink of breaking the 460,000 litre milestone.