Residents in West Norfolk are being given the chance to get rid of unwanted chemicals at a weekend amnesty next week.
The Lynn recycling centre, on the Willows Business Park at Saddlebow, will be open to the public between 9am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, for people to take along items such as fertilisers and varnishes to be safely disposed of free of charge.
The events are part of a county-wide series of sessions organised by county council officials, which are now in their tenth year.
And David Harrison, the authority’s cabinet member for the environment, said people should check around their homes now in order to make sure their materials can be dealt with properly.
He said: “They help residents get rid of unwanted chemical products that are just too toxic, flammable, corrosive or hazardous to throw away with their normal household waste and which can damage our environment if they’re not dealt with properly.
“Each amnesty will be overseen by a specialist chemist who will be on site to identify the chemicals, sort them out and arrange for their safe and secure disposal.”
A similar event will also be held at the Hempton recycling centre, near Fakenham, over the weekend of October 5 and 6, between 9am and 4pm each day.
The council has said that materials including asbestos, hazardous commercial waste, business waste, ammunition, explosives and fireworks will not be accepted. Materials that are brought to the centres should be left in their original packs and not mixed.
Anyone who would like further information on what can be taken to the amnesties should phone 0344 8008020 or go online to www.norfolk.gov.uk/hazardouswaste.