Ballarat residents are encouraged to take batteries and chemicals to the Ballarat Transfer Station for safe disposal.
City of Ballarat Environmental Support Officer Emma Swift says batteries can cause major problems when they end up in landfill and recycling streams.
“They can easily explode and cause fires in waste processing facilities. They can also harm the environment if the chemical or battery acid leaks.”
Emma says disposing of your batteries and chemicals is easy and safe with no cost involved. “Residents can take eWaste and chemicals to the Ballarat Transfer Station for free. Batteries can also be placed in the eWaste bins located at all City of Ballarat Libraries.”
Emma encourages residents to consider what happens to their waste beyond the bin and the harmful effects hazardous items have on the environment if not disposed of safely at a drop-off location.
“Hazardous items can have harmful effects on the environment – and the people handling our waste – if not disposed of safely at a drop-off location.”
The benefits of detoxing your home
Household chemicals can harm your family and pets, add extra fuel to a house fire, release toxic fumes and pollute the environment.
Keep your home safe and reduce the risk of harm by safely disposing of your hazardous waste. You will also be keeping toxic waste out of our waterways, reducing landfill and lowering the risk of fires in waste facilities. Learn more at sustainability.vic.gov.au.
Circular Economy Precinct
Improving the efficiency of our recycling and waste disposal operations is a key priority for Council.
The City of Ballarat is seeking partnerships with the Victorian and Federal Governments, as well as public and private partnerships, to make our vision for an effective Circular Economy Precinct a reality.
The development of a Circular Economy Precinct in the city’s west will bring enormous regional benefits in terms of job creation, improved use of resources and greater cost efficiencies.
The proposed precinct will involve a mix of City of Ballarat-owned and commercial operations. Initially it will be home to a Community and Industry Resource and Recovery Centre and a Materials Recovery Facility which will improve our capacity to separate rubbish for recycling and re-use.
In the longer term, it will accommodate energy recovery businesses using waste to energy technology, recycling and remanufacturing businesses, a waste
and resource management education centre, and research and innovation companies seeking to add value to recycled products.