Freemantle hazardous waste facility opens

Fremantle’s new Household Hazardous Waste facility has officially opened.

The facility has been designed for the safe disposal of unwanted household chemicals and other hazardous material like aerosols, batteries and paint.

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program is administered by the Waste Authority. The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) delivers the program.

Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, said there were now 14 HHW facilities across WA.

“These facilities are helping us achieve the state’s ambitious Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030,” McGurk said. “We know that given the opportunity, Fremantle residents will get behind the strategy and do the right thing with their household waste.   Materials brought to the Fremantle HHW centre will be reused or recycled wherever possible or safely disposed.”

Fremantle Councillor, Doug Thompson, who is also chair of WALGA’s Municipal Waste Advisory Council, said Western Australia had the best HHW program in the country.

“The reason our program works so well is that it is based on collaboration, cooperation and partnership,” Thompson said. “Virtually nothing that’s collected through the program goes to landfill. It’s all recycled or recovered in one way or another.”

The City of Fremantle HHW facility is open to all households, not just Fremantle residents, and is free to use.

More information on the disposal of household hazardous waste, including what can and can’t be dropped off and how to safely transport HHW, can be found at Household Hazardous Waste page on the Waste Authority website.