Norfolk’s residents are being urged to check their cupboards, sheds and garages for toxic household chemicals that they don’t want any more so they can take them to be disposed of safely and securely at a series of household hazardous waste amnesties taking place at seven of Norfolk County Council’s recycling centres across the county during September.
Wood preservatives, bug and weed killers, paint, thinners, varnishes and special cleaning products are among the wide range of household chemicals that will be accepted – for free – at the weekend-long events. These are products that are too dangerous to be tipped down drains or sent to landfill without damaging the environment.
The events will be taking place between 9am and 6pm at the following sites and dates:
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September 2015
Ketteringham, Station Lane, NR9 3AZ
Hempton, Helhoughton Rd, Fakenham, NR21 7DY
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 2015
Caister, Pump Lane, NR30 5TE
Dereham, Trafalgar Business Park, Rash’s Green, NR19 1JG
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2015
Mayton Wood, Little Hautbois, Coltishall, NR12 7JX
Thetford, Telford Way, IP24 1HU
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2015
King’s Lynn, Willows Business Park, Saddlebow, PE34 3RD
Toby Coke, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment Development and Transport committee welcomed the news of the events saying: “We all have to use chemicals for DIY jobs and chores around the house and garden. But getting rid of the leftovers legally and responsibly can be expensive because specialist disposal processes have to be used to make sure they don’t damage the environment.
“We commission specialist hazardous waste disposal chemists to run these events at our recycling centres to help residents avoid these costs.
“This is the twelfth year that we’ve run them and they are incredibly popular. Over that time Norfolk householders have brought more than 348 tonnes of dangerous chemicals to our sites and made sure they are disposed of safely and securely.
“I’d encourage everyone who needs to get rid of this type of waste that they’ve got hanging around the house to take advantage of the opportunity to get rid of it by coming along to their nearest event if they possibly can.”
Rachel Stewart, Waste Reduction Officer at Norfolk County Council added: “We put these events on as a convenient way for residents to get rid of household chemicals, but most of us can do more to try to reduce the amount we end up with.
“Most of the type of chemical products we use around the house and garden give good information about the amount of coverage or application we can expect to get out of them. If we spend a bit more time working out how much we actually need to buy for a specific job, we would reduce the likelihood of ending up having to store the left overs.
“That would mean all of us are winners. Residents can save money by not over-buying and it could also help to push down the cost to council taxpayers of having to deal with the waste.”
People can find out how to get to their nearest event by visiting www.norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres or calling 0344 800 8020.
The County Council recommends that if people are planning to bring hazardous products to an amnesty event they should:
~ Keep all products in their original containers and not mix them together;
~ Keep containers clearly labelled where possible;
~ Make sure that the products are properly sealed to avoid leakage.
To find out more about the amnesty events, or if you are unsure about what can and can’t be accepted, visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/hazardouswaste or call 0344 800 8020.
The following products will NOT be accepted at the hazardous household waste amnesties:
– Ammunition, explosives or marine flares
– Commercial hazardous waste
– Gas canisters (full or part full)
All 20 of Norfolk’s Main Recycling Centres in Norfolk also collect a range of other household materials all year round. For an A-Z of what you can and can’t recycle at our Main Recycling Centres please visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres