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Ditch your chemicals with Detox Your Home

Ditch your chemicals with Detox Your Home

Sustainability Victoria wants you to ‘Detox Your Home’ – by using their free and easy-to-use service to dispose of household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

The household chemical collection service is coming to the Swan Hill Landfill on Saturday, 26 May.

Council’s Director Infrastructure Svetla Petkova encouraged residents to take up the offer to safely rid their homes of unwanted and potentially dangerous items like pesticides, detergents and weed killers.

“Having unwanted and unused chemicals around your home can be dangerous,” Ms Petkova said.

“They can harm your family and pets, add extra fuel to a house fire, release toxic fumes and pollute the environment for future generations. All of which are great reasons to take advantage of the Detox Your Home program.”

Ms Petkova also warned residents against common disposal methods for chemicals such as throwing them out with regular rubbish and pouring them down the drain.

“Chemicals in rubbish bins can explode, ignite or dangerously mix with other chemicals. And pouring them down the drain can pollute waterways, harm animals and vegetation and even contaminate drinking water.”

The Detox Your Home collection will be held on Saturday, 26 June at the Swan Hill Landfill, 6859 Sea Lake – Swan Hill Road from 10am to 12pm. Simply turn up with your unwanted chemicals – no need to book.

Detox Your Home is administered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local governments and is funded by the Victorian landfill levy. The products collected are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.

For more information visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome or call 1300 363 744.

Residents can drop off the following items:

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Aerosols
  • Anti-freeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Car body filler
  • Car wax
  • Cleaners – ammonia based
  • Cooking oil (not engine or motor oil)
  • Coolant
  • Detergents, disinfectants and drain cleaners
  • Fertiliser
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Floor-care products and waxes
  • Fuels – petrol, diesel, kerosene, other
  • Glues – water-based and solvents
  • Herbicides and weed killers
  • Insect spray/pesticides
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint stripper, thinner and turps
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rat poison
  • Solvents
  • Transmission fluid
  • Wood preservatives and finishes (oils and varnish)

There is no restriction on the amount of unwanted household chemicals you can dispose of through this service.

The following items are not accepted:

  • Ammunition or firearms
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries – car and household
  • Chemicals used by businesses
  • Compact fluorescent lamps
  • Farm chemicals (visit the ChemClear website or freecall 1800 008 182 for collection of unwanted rural chemicals)
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Gas bottles
  • Medical waste
  • Motor oil
  • Paint
  • Printer cartridges