Free - Detox Your Home

Detox Your Home

Do you need to safely dispose of unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals? Household chemicals can be dangerous – they can harm your family and your pets, add extra fuel to a house fire, release toxic fumes and pollute the environment for future generations.

Detox your Home is a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.  The collected items are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.

There are 31 Detox your Home mobile collections held across Victoria each year to ensure reasonable access for all Victorian householders. The program is administered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local councils and is funded by the Victorian landfill levy.

Visit the Detox your Home website for a complete list of upcoming mobile collections and accepted products.

Detox your Home. Do the right thing for your loved ones and your environment. It’s easy and it’s free.

Upcoming Detox your Home mobile collections

Reduce the risk of poisoning, environmental pollution and bushfire hazards and improve recycling rates by dropping off unwanted chemicals at the Victorian Government’s FREE chemical collection program.

Detox your Home mobile collections are held each year.

Next Collection

  • Wangaratta, Council Works Depot, Newman Street
  • 10am-1pm, 20 May 2017

No registration required. Decanting not permitted. Containers up to 20 litres only.

More information is available at or by calling 1300 363 744.

Permanent drop-off sites for paint and other products

Paint, household batteries, and compact fluorescent lamps – which are less toxic than household chemicals ­(but also a more common waste item) – can be disposed of throughout the year at a permanent drop-off site.

Detox your Home, on the other hand, is a free service designed specifically to collect unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals.

There are nearby permanent drop-off sites at:

  • Wodonga Transfer Station, 29 Kane Rd.,
  • Wangaratta Transfer Station, Sandford Rd.

For more information and a full list of permanent drop-off sites visit Sustainability Victoria's website or contact the Indigo Shire Council.

Among the types of unwanted household chemicals accepted for disposal are:

  • Household chemicals such as aerosol cans, insect sprays, pest poisons, household cleaners, pharmaceuticals and mothballs.
  • Garden chemicals such as fertilisers, fungicides, herbicides and insecticides.
  • Automotive chemicals such as transmission fluids, batteries and battery acid, brake fluid, car wax solvent and fuels (such as petrol, diesel, kerosene).
  • Workshop chemicals including paint strippers, solvent-based glues, water and oil-based paints, paint thinner, acetone, turpentine, varnish and wood preservative.
  • Other miscellaneous chemicals accepted are acids and alkalis, artists' paints and supplies, photographic chemicals, fibreglass resins (not mixed), extinguishers, gas cylinders, swimming pool chemicals and mercury batteries.

Items that cannot be accepted include:

  • chemicals used by businesses commercial and industrial purposes.
  • containers over 20 litres or 20 kilograms or empty chemical containers.
  • farm chemicals.
  • waste asbestos, ammunition and flares.

The following safety measures should be taken when transporting chemicals to the collection:

  • Ensure lids are tightly fitted.
  • Avoid smoking while you have chemicals in the car.
  • Place liquids on a tray or in a plastic bucket so any spills are contained.
  • 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.
  • Travel with your car windows down if carrying flammable or odorous materials.
  • Double-wrap old liquid containers in plastic bags to prevent leaking.

The service is free and residents from all municipalities can use any of the collection drop off points.


Last updated: 04 April 2017