The risks associated with improper disposal of hazardous and problem waste in kerbside bins are being brought to light in a targeted campaign to the Hawkesbury community.
With the increasing number of fires occurring in collection trucks and at waste facilities, it is important that residents are disposing of problem and hazardous waste in safe ways to ensure the safety of waste workers and the environment.
The improper disposal of batteries and other hazardous waste materials in kerbside bins places waste collection drivers and their vehicles at risk. The compaction equipment inside waste collection trucks means there is a significant risk of a fire starting.
Other examples of hazardous or problem waste include fluorescent lights, car batteries, gas bottles, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, motor oils, cooking oils, paints and paint tins. Community
Recycling Centres (also referred to as CRCs) across NSW accept these hazardous household items at no cost to residents.
For more information on hazardous waste disposal, check out the NSW EPA website www.epa.nsw.gov.au/ your-environment/waste. To learn more about Council’s waste services and facilities, visit www.hawkesbury. nsw.gov.au/for-residents/waste-and-recycling or call Council on 4560 4444.