Chemical goods disposal
You can dispose of chemicals safely by dropping them off at Dextox Your Home collection points organised by Sustainability Victoria.
Victorians can take their household chemical products to a convenient Detox Your Home drop-off point at either a permanent site or at a mobile collection point. All Victorian householders can use any of the drop-off points for free.
Please never pour left-over chemicals down the sink, into stormwater drains or onto the ground as they can damage infrastructure and have a devastating effect on the environment.
Permanent collection facilities
Paint, motor oil, all types of batteries, BBQ gas cylinders and fluorescent tubes can be dropped off year round at one of the permanent sites located across Victoria. There is a list of the permanent Detox Your Home sites, and what they do and don't accept, on the Sustainability Victoria website.
Sustainability Victoria's Detox Your Home mobile service accepts all the items collected at permanent sites plus a wide range of household chemical products. Mobile collections are scheduled at council owned locations around Victoria, usually on a Saturday.
You can watch a video that explains the Detox Your Home mobile service on the Sustainability Victoria website.
For a list of places that the mobile service will visit up until June 2013, visit the Sustainability Victoria website.
The mobile collections that are closest to Yarra include:
Doncaster East (Manningham City Council), Saturday 13 October 2012, 8am-4pm
Malvern (City of Stonnington), Saturday 4 May 2013, 9am-5pm
South Melbourne (City of Port Phillip), Saturday 22 June 2013, 9am-5pm
While it is free to drop off materials at the mobile collections, people are required to register in advance. You can register on the Sustainability Victoria website. People who are unable to register on-line can contact Sustainability Victoria on 1800 353 233. Once you have registered, you will be provided with the specific drop-off address.
Yarra hosted a mobile Detox Your Home collection in October 2010. More than 600 people dropped off goods on that day.
To find a list of safe disposal options for most common household and everyday chemical items, please go to the State Government's ResourceSmart website.
Tip: Unwanted or old medicines can be dropped off at your local pharmacy.
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