Time is running out for South Australians to register their unwanted chemicals with ChemClear.
Waste holders keen to clear their properties of agricultural and veterinary chemicals have until this Friday, 27 April, to book unwanted products with Agsafe’s industry-led chemical waste disposal service.
People can also deliver unwanted mobile phones, batteries and accessories at the same time, as part of ChemClear’s collaboration with MobileMuster.
To date, waste holders have registered more than 10 tonnes of obsolete farm chemicals throughout the State.
Parakee farmer, John Smith, who swapped cereal cropping for grazing several years ago, has registered his unused pesticides with ChemClear.
He said the ChemClear service was ideal for farmers who switched crops as a way to keep properties clear of leftover chemicals.
“We’ve always locked our chemicals up and after a recent audit we realised there was no need to keep hold of them anymore, so ChemClear is the safest way to get rid of them,” Mr Smith said.
ChemClear isn’t just for farmers however.
Terence Maloney of Flagstaff Hill, who registered a small quantity of insecticide to treat a white ant infestation many years ago, said it was important to dispose of the leftover product safely.
“I didn’t want to put it in the wheelie bin and have it end up in landfill because it doesn’t belong with the everyday rubbish,” he said.
People often end up with leftover products they can’t reuse and ChemClear can help to dispose of unwanted chemicals safely during the scheduled collection in South Australia.
ChemClear program manager, Frank Wimmler, said it wasn’t too late to take an inventory of chemical storages and register chemicals for the collection.
“Chemical containers displaying the drumMUSTER logo are free for disposal, so this is a great chance for everyone to check their storage areas and chemical sheds for products we can take away for safe disposal, free of charge,” he said.
A fee-for-service exists for chemicals that aren’t eligible for free collection.
Registrations are essential and must be made by 27 April in order for the chemicals to be scheduled for the state wide collection in June.
Register unwanted chemicals online at chemclear.org.au or phone 1800 008 182.