North West TAS: Clean out those unwanted household chemicals!

Household Hazardous Waste: free drop-off events

If you live in the Burnie, Central Coast, Circular Head, Devonport, Kentish, Latrobe, or Waratah-Wynyard council areas and you’ve got old or unwanted household and garden chemicals stored at home, now is the time to safely send them on their way.

FREE drop-off events are taking place at four locations across the region on Saturday 17th April and Sunday 18th April 2021.

Clean out those cupboards and sheds and bring any of these items along for safe disposal:

  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis

Pack items in a sturdy box for transport in the boot of your car or ute tray.  Make sure individual containers are no larger than 20 kilograms or 20 litres in size.

NOTE: the following items are NOT included in this free special service – motor oil, asbestos, pharmaceuticals, farm vet chemicals, fire extinguishers, ammunition and explosives, and chemicals from commercial businesses. Contact your council for disposal advice for these items.

> > For safety reasons, no early or late drop-offs will be accepted. Talk with your neighbours or friends to arrange shared delivery if you are unable to make it at the specified times.

Saturday 17 April 2021

10.00am – 2.00pm
Burnie Waste Management Centre
289 Mooreville Road, Burnie


10.00am – 3.00pm
White Hills Waste Transfer Station
22475 Bass Highway, Smithton

Sunday 18 April 2021

11.00am – 3.00pm
Devonport Waste Transfer Station
Bay Drive, off Mersey Road, Spreyton


12.00pm – 4.00pm
Sheffield Waste Transfer Station
Sheffield Main Road, Sheffield

No registrations are required. Simply visit any of the sites with your items for disposal between the times shown. Choose the site and times most convenient for you.

Thank you for being a good sort and helping to keep hazardous waste out of landfill and kerbside recycling.

These Household Hazardous Waste events are supported by the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group waste levy.

A Guide to Preparing an Event Waste Management Plan

The Guide to Preparing an Event Waste Management Plan shows how Tasmanian events can reduce or avoid creating landfill rubbish and recover more resources for recycling and reuse.

This free guide can be customised to suit any event size or format, with event managers able to copy the plan sections most relevant to their function. It encourages organisers to consider all aspects of their event and to find ways to minimise waste, whether that be from simply asking for RSVPs to minimise over catering and food waste through to establishing an on-site container deposit scheme to reward the return of reusable and recyclable items.

The guide is a result of ongoing collaboration between Waste Strategy South and the Cradle Coast and Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Groups and has been designed as both a practical checklist and a framework for event managers to easily create their own Event Waste Management Plan.

Chair of the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group, Sandra Ayton said that when creating the guide, the three Groups drew upon the extensive experience that their 26 local council members had in hosting public functions.

“There was a lot of direct experience we could tap into ranging from small public meetings to large, multi-day and multi-venue festivals,” said Ms Ayton.

“Every event can integrate zero waste principles into their function plans. The intention of the guide is to prompt event organisers to think in advance about ways to avoid or reduce waste – from promotion through to pack up.”

“Event patrons are increasingly aware of sustainable waste management practices and appreciate steps to separate waste for recycling. Events are starting to take it even further by adopting policies to avoid single use plastics such as straws or embracing compostable packaging.”

“Having a waste management plan in place before the event begins can save event organisers time when it comes to event clean-up and can also save money.”

“Waste disposal can be costly, especially for large events, so finding ways to reduce or avoid waste altogether can assist with the financial viability of an event too,” said Ms Ayton.

verticaldividerRethink Waste aims to improve our efforts at reducing, reusing and
recycling in order to decrease the amount of waste that ends up as landfill.
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