Northern Beaches residents are being urged to do a chemical clean-out this weekend.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Northern Beaches Council are running a free chemical collection this Saturday and Sunday (25-26 June) at the Mona Vale Beach car park, Surfview Road, Mona Vale, between 9.00am – 3.30pm each day.

The clean-out offers a safe way to dispose of unwanted chemicals that may be gathering dust anywhere in your household (such as, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, home office, attic, garage, carport, shed, balcony, porch, deck, under the house, in the garden).

Household quantities (up to 20kg or 20 litres per item) of chemicals can be disposed of at the clean-up, however trade painters may dispose of up to 100 litres of paint (in 20 litre containers).

The following items can be disposed of at the household chemical clean-out:

  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Smoke detectors
  • Paint and paint-related products (strippers, varnishes)
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Car and household batteries
  • Cooking oils

Care should be taken to handle and transport chemicals safely to the clean-out:

  • Never mix chemicals as this may produce dangerous reactions
  • Wherever possible, keep all chemicals in their original containers
  • Ensure containers are clearly labelled and well-sealed
  • If you do not know the contents, label containers ‘unknown chemical’
  • To avoid leaks during transport, wrap containers holding liquids securely in newspaper, place in sturdy plastic bags and then in plastic buckets or trays
  • Keep household chemicals away from passengers by placing the items in the boot of your car

When arriving at Mona Vale Beach car park, remain in your vehicle at all times and follow the direction of traffic controllers. There may be some queues, so be prepared for minor delays. Once ready, contractors will collect the items from the boot of your car.

For more information on chemical clean-outs, visit the EPA website.

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