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Gympie Farmers offered opportunity to recycle chemicals for free

Queensland farmers are proving their worth as recycling champions with bookings for Agsafe’s ChemClear collection ramping up during its final few weeks of registration.
Farmers end up with leftover chemical product they cannot reuse and ChemClear works with the State Government to help farmers fund collections of unlabeled, unregistered or unknown chemicals. Chemicals become unwanted in a number of ways.  Property owners may inherit chemicals when they buy land, others switch crops, while some buy specific-use chemicals to manage one-off pest events.

Gympie Region Councillor Hilary Smerdon encouraged farmers to take advantage of the collection by registering their unwanted chemicals before 28 April.

“Booking in and delivering these chemicals for safe disposal means that unwanted product will not end up in landfill, creeks and water tables.” Said Councillor Smerdon.

“This program is of enormous benefit to the agricultural sector – it is convenient, reduces risk to agricultural workers and the environment, and can contribute to quality assurance and environmental programs of businesses in the sector,” he said.

ChemClear is an end-of-life product stewardship for the safe disposal of agvet chemicals.  Chemicals with the drumMuster eligible container logo, in their original container and within 2 years of their expiry date will be accepted free of charge.

Unlabelled, unknown or mixed chemicals can also be disposed of via the collection for a small fee (per litre).

The ChemClear program accepts product from a range of agvet chemical users and industries including primary producers, agricultural and veterinarian businesses, agricultural chemical retailers, pest controllers, golf courses, horticulturists, forestry and government agencies.  Chemical manufacturers pay a levy of 4 cents per litre which in turn funds ChemClear and drumMuster. 

The Gympie collection will be held in June, but agvet chemical users only have until 28 April to take an inventory of their chemical sheds and register obsolete or unwanted agricultural and veterinary chemicals for the collection.
More than 17,000L/kg of registered chemicals are booked in for the June collection, close on the heels of the 22,000L/kg taken in Queensland’s previous collection, in 2015.
ChemClear program manager, Lisa Nixon, said she was particularly thrilled at the response from farmers as they made up more than 65 per cent of the groups that had registered their unwanted agvet product.

“Farmers have huge expenses and they need to utilise all chemical they purchase, so they are definitely making great decisions when it comes to buying what they need and safely disposing of leftover products,” Mrs Nixon said.

Register unwanted agvet chemicals online at or phone 1800 008 182 before 28 April 2017.

Releases Wednesday 12 April 2017