IPSWICH residents can hand in unwanted hazardous household items and chemicals at the Riverview Recycling and Refuse Centre for free this Sunday, September 25 as part of council’s annual hazardous waste drop-off day.
The centre will accept up to 100 litres of paint per resident and up to 20 litres/kilograms of other waste types without charge.
The annual drop-off is the best way to get rid of unused chemicals found around the home or garden shed.
Council wants to give residents the opportunity to dispose of waste safely.
Residents are encouraged to go through their bathroom, kitchen, garage or shed and find any hazardous waste products such as pool chemicals, cleaning products, batteries, electronic waste and unwanted medicines.
Often these items are not suitable to be disposed of in wheelie bins because they are flammable, corrosive, explosive or toxic to humans, plants or animals.
Residents should keep different chemicals separate and in their original containers when preparing hazardous waste for transport.
They should then they should wrap containers in newspaper and place them in a sturdy plastic bag and plastic tray or bucket.
Barbecue gas bottles and marine distress flares can be surrendered alongside acids and alkalis, brake fluid and coolant, fuel, glue, grease, herbicides, paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, rust inhibitors, solvents and thinners, varnish, and wood preservatives.
The drop-off day is only open to Ipswich residents who will need to show proof of residency and standard fees will apply to non-hazardous waste.