AN astounding 88 tonnes of chemical waste was collected over two days last month during Hills Shire Council’s Household Chemical Cleanout.
The weekend event, held in partnership with the EPA, was the largest yet for The Hills.
The Household Chemical CleanOut is a free service which allows residents to dispose of household chemicals, many of which could cause harm if disposed in a regular garbage collection or tipped down the drain.
These chemicals include motor oils, pool chemicals, paints and pesticides, as well as fluorescent tubes, batteries and gas bottles.
To add to the outstanding results, over 4000 Hills residents got involved in the reuse initiative Garage Sale Trail with 154 garage sales held throughout the Shire.
Council has also teamed up with the NSW EPA and Compost Revolution, to offer residents up to 70 per cent discount and free delivery on compost bins, worm farms and bokashi bins.
This offer is for a limited time only and residents are eligible for one kit per household.
“These specialised bins can be used to recycle organic scraps and in return, they can cut the amount of rubbish thrown away,” Mayor Byrne said.
For more information on waste and recycling initiatives, visit The Hills Shire Council website www.thehills.nsw.gov.au.