Burdekin farmers dispose of more than half a tonne of chemicals

Burdekin primary producers delivered more than half a tonne of obsolete agvet chemicals to the ChemClear collection point at the Ayr Waste Transfer Station today.

Agsafe Program Manager for the ChemClear program Lisa Nixon said the national program allowed farmers and graziers to dispose of unwanted agvet chemicals in a safe and responsible manner.

“We had 11 Burdekin farmers register 434 litres of Group 1 chemicals and 161 litres of Group 2 chemicals,” she said.

“This year’s ChemClear collection will be the second largest in volume since the program began.

“Overall in Queensland the program will collect 48 tonnes, or 48,000 litres, of chemicals.”

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis praised the farmers who participated in the program.

“Only 11 producers took part, but they have cleared more than half a tonne of unwanted and dangerous chemicals from their properties,” he said.

“This is a great way for our farmers to ensure their sheds are safe and it helps protect the environment from possible contamination.

“I would urge our primary producers to sign up for the next collection when it comes to town.”

ChemClear uses 98 per cent of chemicals collected as an alternative fuel source in the manufacturing of cement. Most of the material is destroyed in kilns which reach temperatures in excess of 1800°C.

Group 1 chemicals are currently registered products from participating manufacturers and are accepted free of charge, while Group 2 involves chemicals that are unlabelled, unregistered or obsolete, and include a fee-per-litre for disposal. The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection offered a 65 per cent subsidy on the Group 2 chemicals.

For more information about the ChemClear program go to www.chemclear.com.au.


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