Program helps residents to correctly dispose of chemicals

ChemClear disposal of chemicals advice.
The aim of the program is to dispose of surplus chemicals in a careful or environmentally friendly manner.

In a bid to keep the environment clear of dangerous chemicals, Bundaberg Regional Council is partnering with ChemClear to assist residents with information about correct disposal measures.

Waste and Recycling Services portfolios spokesperson Cr Scott Rowleson said collecting unwanted chemicals was a task undertaken by ChemClear, a not-for-profit chemical collection and disposal service.

“Council is seeking the co-operation of residents across the region to participate in this co-ordinated disposal program,” he said.

“ChemClear provide an easy-to-follow six-step schedule relating to appropriate collection and disposal of unwanted chemicals.”

Cr Rowleson said the aim of the program was to get residents to dispose of surplus chemicals in a careful or environmentally friendly manner.

“When chemicals are simply dumped, there is a genuine risk of significant contamination,” he said.

“There are entirely safe, secure and free or cost-effective options available and it only takes a few minutes to ensure a correct disposal method is applied.”

Cr Rowleson said anyone with surplus chemicals needed to undertake an inventory to identify substances and determine how they should be correctly disposed.

“Chemicals can be sorted into either Group One (identifiable) or Group Two (unknown substances) and a per litre fee is applied for the collection of chemicals in this grouping,” he said.

“Simply go online at to register the products for collection. This can also be done by a free call to 1800 008 182.”

Registrations are open now until mid-April.

Collection will be in June this year at Bundaberg Regional Council Waste Facility on University Drive.