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Record hazardous waste collection

Published on Thursday 20 June, 2019

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Local residents removed a record 23,940kg of flammable, toxic, explosive and corrosive items from sheds and garages all over the City of Gosnells for a waste drop-off day held earlier this month.

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day, held on 8 June was the City’s most successful event and the second best ever held in Perth.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said an amazing 708 cars brought items such as paints, poisons, pool chemicals, batteries and gas cylinders to be disposed of correctly and at no charge.

“We were overwhelmed by the community response to drop-off these items, which should never be put into your normal household or recycling bins,” he said.

“This annual collection day is part of a joint program between the State’s Waste Authority and local governments to recover these hazardous items, with the City’s event collecting an average of 32kg of waste per car.”

If you missed out, you can still safely dispose of hazardous waste at any of the eight metropolitan permanent drop-off facilities – just visit the link below to find your nearest location.

HHW collection facts:

  • Total collected on Saturday 8 June was 23,940kg
  • Main items collected:
  • 69% (16,620kg) was water and solvent based paint
  • 15% (3,700kg) was LPG gas cylinders
  • 4% (955kg) was pesticides
  • 3% (790kg) was flammable liquids (such as hydrocarbons and fuels)
  • Largest HHW collection event was held in Joondalup in 2012, collecting 24,400kg