Household items and chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely. Depending on the type of chemical there are several options for disposal. Please don’t just put hazardous items out for general collection. Not only do they risk the health and safety of waste management staff but you can also create ongoing damage to our local environment.
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The Council is supported by a number of initiatives to help South Australians manage hazardous waste options. These include:
- Pharmaceuticals – all chemists will take unused or unwanted pills and medications. See the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project website.
- Light globes – Banner, Mitre 10 and True Value hardware stores accept all household globes, tubes and CFLs for recycling for free, find your nearest store here.
- Needles – sharps can be disposed of through the Safe Sharps project, visit the website for your nearest location.
Farmers and businesses with chemical containers should learn more about the drumMUSTER and chemclear programmes. These are initiatives for helping safely dispose of industrial and agriculture chemicals and containers.
The Council will advertise upcoming events so keep an eye on the website. You can also call ChemClear’s hotline on 1800 008 182 or visit www.chemclear.com.au.
Liquid paint and smoke detectors can be placed in your waste bin. Paint should be allowed to harden, then tapped out into the waste bin and the container placed in the yellow recycling bin
More information on smoke detectors can be found on the EPA website.
Fire extinguishers – The Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy has been amended to place a ban on fluorine containing firefighting foam. Consequently, fire stations will not be accepting any handheld fire extinguishers for disposal other than BCF (yellow body fire extinguishers) and domestic foam fire extinguishers (containing PFAS and showing a red with a blue band). In regional areas, BCF and domestic foam fire extinguishers can be taken to local fire stations. The MFS will not accept business or industrial fire extinguishers.
For all other fire extinguishers, the extinguisher’s supplier should be contacted.