Take your chemical waste to the right place at Council’s drop-off weekend

Take your chemical waste to the right place at Council’s drop-off weekend

Friday, 19 February 2021

Safely pack your labelled chemical waste items into the boot of your car or trailer and bring them to Council’s free Chemical CleanOut Weekend.

This event will be held at Jamison Park on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March between 9am and 3pm. Entrance on the day is via Jamison Road.

Council encourages residents to pack unwanted, out-of-date or unused chemicals such as car batteries, garden chemicals, fire extinguishers, fluorescent globes and tubes, gas bottles, motor oils, paint and related products, pesticides and herbicides, pool chemicals and household cleaners into the boot of their cars or trailers for the friendly staff to unload and dispose of safely.

Penrith Mayor and Sustainability Champion Karen McKeown OAM congratulated Penrith on being a leader in sustainable waste management and actively supporting initiatives that prevent problem waste being sent to landfill.

“I’d like to commend Penrith’s ongoing commitment to recycling problem waste such as chemical waste the right way. Despite the difficult times we have experienced in 2020 and into 2021, it is as important as ever to make sure waste which can be hazardous to the community and the environment is disposed of correctly,” Cr McKeown said.

“It’s vital that we recycle these items responsibly, which is why Council hosts this event annually to provide residents with an opportunity to safely pack up all the chemical waste they have in their house and garden sheds and bring them to one convenient spot.

“Chemical waste such as household chemicals need to be disposed of correctly to ensure that we avoid any risks of contaminating our environment and harming our wildlife. This type of waste can’t go into our household bins as it risks injuring our garbage collectors and poses other risks in its potential to cause fires.

“Many of the chemical items collected at this event are actually recycled or reused. Bringing these items down to Jamison Park on that weekend is a great way to not only safely dispose of them, but to assist in Penrith’s resource recovery efforts,” she said.

Council requests residents to ensure that their chemical waste is labelled and safely packed into their vehicles. The event only accepts household quantities of chemical waste of up to 20L or 20kg, and up to 100L in 20L containers of paint.

The event’s COVID-19 safe plan will be active over the weekend. Council requests residents remain in their vehicles while the friendly Waste Services staff unload the items from their boot or trailer.

For more information about the Chemical CleanOut weekend and what waste is accepted, visit penrith.city/events

For residents who miss the Chemical CleanOut weekend, Council encourages them to take their chemical waste to the Penrith Community Recycling Centre located at Gate 3, 96 Dunheved Circuit, St Marys for free recycling. Check what chemical waste items are accepted at penrith.city/CRC

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Friday, 19 February 2021.