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 up to 31 Detox your Home mobile event 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 events and accepted products.

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

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

For details of the next mobile collection near you visit the Detox your Home website. More information is also available at sustainability.vic.gov.au or by calling 1300 363 744.

Household chemicals accepted for disposal include:

  • Household chemicals such as aerosol cans, insect sprays, pest poisons, household cleaners, pharmaceuticals, nail polish & remover and mothballs.
  • Garden chemicals such as fertilisers, fungicides, herbicides and insecticides.
  • Automotive chemicals such as transmission fluids, batteries and battery acid, brake fluid, coolants 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, swimming pool chemicals, fire extinguishers, ammonia based cleaners, anti-freeze and cooking oils.

Items that cannot be accepted include:

  • Paint, Batteries and Fluorescent Light bulbs (these can be taken to a permanent site as below)
  • chemicals used by businesses commercial and industrial purposes.
  • containers over 20 litres or 20 kilograms or empty chemical containers.
  • farm chemicals.
  • motor oil
  • 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.

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 permanent drop-off sites at:

  • Wodonga Transfer Station, 29 Kane Rd.,
  • Wangaratta Council Works Depot, 10 Newman Street.

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

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

Last updated: 31 July 2017