Hazardous waste targeted in new campaign
A new education campaign has been released by Blue Mountains City Council this month, to raise awareness about the dangers hazardous waste poses to our community and World Heritage Area.
The six month campaign – titled Hazardous waste… together we’ve got it sorted – provides information to residents, home renovators and home renovation businesses relating to:
- Types of hazardous waste
- Disposing hazardous waste correctly
- Reporting illegal dumping
- Protecting yourself and your family during do-it-yourself projects, and
- Protecting your business.
Watch the video – Types of hazardous waste at https://youtu.be/0E3MOgGEki8.
The campaign has been produced as part of Council’s Enforceable Undertaking with SafeWork NSW.
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill said the campaign provides useful, easy-to-understand and up-to-date information about hazardous waste, including the safe handling and disposal of asbestos containing materials.
“We want Blue Mountains residents and businesses to know that the health of our community, and our World Heritage environment, are at risk if hazardous waste is not handled and disposed of correctly,” Mayor Greenhill said.
“The education campaign highlights that everyone has a responsibility to ensure the safe handling and disposal of this type of waste – whether it’s at home or at your workplace. We also all play a role in deterring the illegal dumping of hazardous waste in our World Heritage Area.”
The first phase of the campaign focuses on the different types of hazardous waste like low toxicity hazardous waste (items commonly used and found around the household); high toxicity hazards waste (waste that needs to be stored and disposed of under the supervision of specialists); and asbestos waste (including bonded asbestos material and friable asbestos material).
Get more information about the campaign at bmcc.nsw.gov.au/hazardous-waste.
Details about Council’s Enforceable Undertaking with SafeWork NSW are available at www.safework.nsw.gov.au.
Photo: Social Change Activist Dr Holly Kaye-Smith features in the new campaign about hazardous waste.