Safe Waste Disposal
Hazardous materials include asbestos, chemicals, sharps and more.
There are a range of waste materials that have properties that make them hazardous or potentially harmful to the health of residents and the environment.
Parkes Shire Council runs a number of regional programs and participates in national initiatives that are designed to help residents dispose of some of these hazardous wastes.
SafeWork NSW is the controlling authority regarding the removal of asbestos. Issues relating to the identification, handling and removal of asbestos is governed by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.
Parkes Shire Council plays an important role in ensuring safe and healthy conditions for people within the Council area.
The removal of asbestos will usually require an approval from Council. Where approvals are required, a licensed person must undertake any works involving materials suspected of containing asbestos. Very small quantities of bonded asbestos can be removed by a non-licensed person but the requirements of the Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos 200 still apply and must be complied with.
Complaints in regards to inappropriate handling of asbestos or asbestos containing material can be referred to SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Other matters should be referred to Council for investigation.
There are three programs that operate within the Parkes Shire region to assist the community safely dispose of unwanted or out-dated chemicals.
Household Chemical CleanOut
Parkes Shire Council works in collaboration with Netwaste to provide an annual chemical clean-up for the safe disposal of household chemical products.
Chemclear, in collaboration with Central West Lachlan Landcare, run an annual for the safe disposal of unwanted or out-of-date rural chemicals.
Parkes Shire Council participates in the DrumMuster program which is for the disposal of empty agricultural and veterinary chemical containers.
Community Sharps Bins are available throughout the Parkes Shire for the safe disposal of needle syringes.
Residents are advised that puncture proof containers are located at the following locations:
- Dunford's Pharmacy
- Life Pharmacy
- Parkes Hospital
- Public toilets