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Toxic collection
Getty Broome residents are encouraged to clear out household toxic waste.

The time has come to clear garden sheds of the many toxic materials that have accumulated over the years and may be found lurking inside.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion has announced a series of hazardous waste disposal days across the State – and Broome is on the list.

Residents will have the opportunity to get rid of flammable, toxic, explosive or corrosive materials on a single collection day in the first half of 2013.

Household hazardous waste includes:
■ Pesticides and other poisons.
■ Pool chemicals.
■ Batteries and paints.

These items can pose a threat to health and the environment, or could contaminate “clean” waste streams if not disposed of correctly.

Mr Marmion said the collection days would compliment the eight permanent household hazardous waste facilities across metropolitan Perth and six facilities in regional areas.

“The Liberal-National government has allocated more than $15 million to local governments under the HHW program since 2008, including a $10 million increase in early 2011,” he said.

“This has resulted in more than 1000 tonnes of hazardous waste being disposed of correctly, including 75 tonnes of batteries and 213 tonnes of paint”.

Broome residents wishing to dispose of hazardous waste can do so on Saturday, June 8, at the shire works and parks depot at 14 Farrell Street from 9am to 1pm.

For further information, including the full list of products that will be accepted, can be found at www.walga.asn.au.