Preparations under way for chemical collection

PREPARATIONS for the May-June Queensland ChemClear collection are under way. 

As part of the program, any chemicals displaying the drumMUSTER eligible container logo will be collected free of charge as long as they are within two years of deregistration or expiry.

The collection, due to run through May and June, will be ChemClear's sixth visit to Queensland and national program manager Lisa Nixon believed  the totals would surpass all previous collections undertaken in the state.

"We have had a lot of interest already from primary producers and other agvet chemical users who have registered over 25 tonnes of surplus stock over the last 12 months for disposal," she said.

"We are expecting this figure to rise above 35 tonnes when the booking line closes for this collection."

Councillor Robert Garland said this year's campaign was supported by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

"The funding means that any primary producers who register their out of date, deregistered and unknown agvet chemicals will have any costs partly subsidised," he said. 

"Our primary producers have been doing it tough and I any initiative that can help out them out financially is welcome."

Agvet chemical users are encouraged to register their chemicals through the website as soon as possible.

Booking lines for the Queensland collection will close on March 27.

To date, ChemClear has collected more than 141,000 litres of chemicals through five previous collections held in Queensland. 

For more information, visit the ChemClear website or phone 1800 008 182.

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