16 September 2022
Ipswich residents can hand in unwanted hazardous household items and chemicals at the Riverview Recycling and Refuse Centre for free on 25 September 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.
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chair Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said council is keen to encourage residents to recycle waste where possible or dispose of it safely.
“The annual drop-off is the best way to get rid of unused chemicals found around the home or garden shed and council wants to give residents the opportunity to dispose of waste safely,” Mayor Harding said.
“We urge residents 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.”
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Deputy Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said the free drop-off day gives residents the opportunity to remove potentially dangerous chemicals from their homes.
“Residents should keep different chemicals separate and in their original containers when preparing hazardous waste for transport, then to wrap containers in newspaper and place them in a sturdy plastic bag and plastic tray or bucket,” Cr Tully said.
“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.
For more information visit www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/live/waste-and-recycling/household-hazardous-waste