Tasmania’s agvet chemical users have again taken advantage of the ChemClear program.

Arriving on the back of a record-breaking collection run across Queensland, the service also proved its value down south with more than 4,500 litres of chemicals taken away for safe disposal. Nearly 20 local shire council sites acted as collection points for the week-long initiative and offloading a variety of obsolete, inherited and out-of-date chemicals was a massive relief for the 41 registered waste holders.

All product collected is put into two distinct categories. Group one chemicals are currently-registered products from participating manufacturers and are accepted free of charge, while group two are unlabelled, de-registered or historic chemicals that include a fee-per-litre for disposal.

Retired shearer and Bruny Island resident Dennis Allan took in over 100 litres of both group one and group two chemicals and was delighted to finally dispose of them.

“I bought my place back in 1978 and some of these chemicals have been on my property since then,” he said.

“There were some I didn’t even know I had out in the back shed, I had to get rid of them so ChemClear was a big help for us.”

For ChemClear National Program Manager Lisa Nixon, it was yet another job well done after helping to pick up well over 52,000 litres of chemicals earlier this year across Queensland. While retrieving a combined total of around 13 tonne of potentially hazardous product in Tassy over the last couple of years is significant due to the state’s size and agricultural industries, Ms. Nixon believed the results could have been improved if financial assistance was available for Group two chemical disposal.

“Our Tasmanian run ended up collecting 3,829 litres of group one chemicals and 784 litres of chemicals in our group two classification,” she said.

“This was a reasonable result, but unfortunately there is a cost to the disposal of unknown and historic chemicals through our program. This year we had a 90 per cent drop-off in registrations for our Group two service due to the cost associated with disposal of these chemicals.

“ChemClear’s aim is to work with the Tasmanian State Government to find a funding mechanism to secure these historic chemicals for safe disposal in our next collection, ensuring they do not remain left in storage for the next generation to deal with.”

Around 98 per cent of chemicals collected under ChemClear are used as an alternate fuel source.

ChemClear undertakes an annual collection across Tasmania; to register for the next run simply call 1800 008 182 or log on to www.chemclear.com.au.
Greg Hutt Communications Officer Agsafe Ltd