12 September 2022
The ChemClear® flood run campaign was launched in June as a co-ordinated response by CropLife Australia’s wholly owned subsidiary Agsafe, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.
As part of Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, more than 9,000 litres of impacted agricultural chemical has been removed from flood affected properties in NSW and Queensland.
NSW EPA Executive Director Stephen Beaman, said, “The recent floods caused widespread devastation across Northern NSW. In some instances, agricultural chemicals such as fertiliser and pesticides were moved or damaged by the floodwaters.”
“This ChemClear® campaign is designed to enable the safe and secure removal of flood impacted agricultural chemicals from farms and out of rural communities at no cost to people who register, to help reduce any potential environmental impact,” Mr Beaman concluded.
Since the ChemClear® program was established in 2003, almost 800 tonnes of obsolete, expired or damaged agvet chemicals has been removed from rural communities.