Mercury, lead and cadmium don’t sound like the sorts of things you want lying around the house, but these toxic materials can be found in old batteries or fluoro light globes and tubes. Then there are the rusty old tins and centuries-old cleaning potions lurking in forgotten corners or under the sink. Do you even know what’s inside them?
Bringing these products to a chemical drop-off day is an easy way to protect the environment and make your home safer. Some older chemicals have alarming levels of toxicity – just one teaspoon in an Olympic-swimming-pool-amount of water could cause serious eco harm. Some highly flammable and toxic materials stored at home may be chemical time bombs, especially as plastic containers disintegrate with age.
Whatever you find, pick it up safely and bring it along to the chemical drop-off day on Sunday 8 July for recycling or disposal by our experts. All NSW residents welcome!
Sunday 8 July
9am to 3.30pm
Royal South Sydney Hospital car park
Portman Street entrance, Zetland
For info on our waste and recycling services or to find out more about what you can and can’t bring on the day, visit zerowaste.org.au