Hills residents doing their bit for the local environment

Published on 13 December 2019

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November’s Household Chemical Cleanout was the largest yet for The Hills, with approximately 88 tonnes of chemical waste collected over the two day event.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said she was ecstatic with the results.

“This event was a massive success and it shows that our residents are dedicated to keeping our local environment pristine”, Mayor Byrne said.

“Disposing of household chemicals safely reduces the risk of hazardous materials contaminating our waterways and soils, and contributes to keeping our Shire clean and healthy.

“I’m proud to partner with the NSW EPA on this wonderful initiative,” Mayor Byrne added.

The Household Chemical CleanOut is a free service which allows residents to dispose of household chemicals, many of which could cause harm if disposed in a regular garbage collection or tipped down the drain. These chemicals include motor oils, pool chemicals, paints and pesticides, as well as fluorescent tubes, batteries and gas bottles.

To add to the outstanding results, over 4000 Hills residents got involved in the reuse initiative Garage Sale Trail with 154 garage sales held throughout the Shire.  

“I want to thank everyone who participated in this two-day event and I hope you also managed to find a great bargain or uncover a hidden gem,” Mayor Byrne added.

This nation-wide initiative encourages participants to reuse, declutter and reduce waste by hosting or attending a garage sale.

Council has also teamed up with the NSW EPA and Compost Revolution, to offer residents up to 70 per cent discount and free delivery on compost bins, worm farms and bokashi bins.

This offer is for a limited time only and residents are eligible for one kit per household.

“These specialised bins can be used to recycle organic scraps and in return, they can cut the amount of rubbish thrown away,” Mayor Byrne said.

For more information on waste and recycling initiatives, visit The Hills Shire Council website www.thehills.nsw.gov.au