Hunt around for your hidden hazards

Redland City Council is urging residents to do a pre-Christmas clean-out of their sheds and storage cupboards and bring their household hazardous waste in for safe disposal at a free surrender day.

The next free Household Hazardous Waste Surrender will be held on Sunday 7 December from 9am – 1pm at Redland Performing Arts Centre car park, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland.

Council’s Waste spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said this time of year was the perfect time to get rid of unwanted household nasties.

“We have plans to open a permanent residential hazardous waste drop-off point at Redland Bay waste transfer station early next year, but it’s best not to store these materials at home longer than you need to,” he said.

“We want residents homes to be as safe as possible this festive season, so when you’re digging out the Christmas decorations, take the time to look around for unwanted household chemicals and bring them in for safe disposal.

“These are materials that you don’t want little fingers finding. They can’t be disposed in your kerbside wheelie bins, so now’s the time to do your pre-Christmas clean-out.

“All you need to do is bring your household hazardous wastes to the RPAC car park on 7 December with proof of residency and you’ll be giving yourself a great Christmas present, knowing you’ve made your home safer space for your family and friends.”

Commercial waste is not accepted at the surrender and a limit of 20L per waste type applies.

The list of accepted wastes includes:

• Herbicides and pesticides
• Paints, stains and varnishes
• Glue
• Rust inhibitors
• Wood preservatives
• Petroleum products
• Grease, coolants and brake fluid
• Acids and alkalis
• household and pool chemicals
• Smoke alarms
• Compact fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
• Fire extinguishers

Visit Council’s website for the full list of accepted waste and other conditions.