Strathbogie Shire Council

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Detox your home of unwanted toxic household chemicals

Toxic household chemicals - such as solvents, poisons, cleaning products, fertiliser and car care products - can be safely disposed, at no cost, on 'Detox your Home' collection days in Melbourne and across regional Victoria. Collected items are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.

The 'Detox your Home' service is for household chemicals only. There's no restriction on the number or volume of household items that you can bring, however:

  • The maximum acceptable weight or size of any single container is 20 kilograms or 20 litres
  • Decanting isn't permitted, so bring chemicals in disposal containers.

There are up to 31 'Detox your Home' collections which rotate according to an annual schedule. Victorian residents can take household chemicals to any collection point - no matter where you live.

Here's how you do it:


1. Select a 'Detox your Home' collection point and date

The next Detox your Home event for the Goulburn Valley is at the Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre on Wanganui Road, Shepparton on Saturday, 2 September between 10am and 12pm.

2. Label your items

  • Retain original labels on containers
  • If there is no original label but you know the contents, write a label and stick it on
  • If you're not sure of the contents, label the container 'unknown chemical'. Don't guess the chemical's name.

3. Take your items

On collection day, take your items to the collection point. Once you're there, the process takes about 10 minutes. (Note that it could be longer depending on the time of day and the number of residents that attend).

There are a number of safety precautions to observe when transporting chemicals, including:

  • Travel with your car windows down if carrying flammable or odorous materials
  • Keep chemicals in their original containers. Ensure lids are tightly fitted.
  • Protect taps on drums so that the tap does not break off.
  • Place containers of liquids in a tray or plastic bucket so that they do not spill or fall.
  • Pack powders and solids securely.
  • Keep corrosive chemicals, such as battery acid, away from poisons.
  • Keep oxidising agents, such as peroxide, away from all other materials.
  • Double-wrap old liquid containers in plastic bags to prevent leaking.

For more information, visit our Facebook page or Sustainability Victoria's website




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