Detox Your Home Collection Coming To Wonthaggi

Bass Coast Shire Council residents are being urged to ‘Detox your Home’ – a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of common household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

The household chemical collection service is coming to Wonthaggi on Saturday, 15 August from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm at the Wonthaggi Transfer Station at 180 Cameron Street, Wonthaggi.

Council is encouraging residents to take the opportunity to get rid of unwanted – and potentially dangerous – items like pesticides, detergents and weed killers.

“Household chemicals can be dangerous,” Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said.

“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, which is why residents should take advantage of the free Detox your Home service to safely dispose of unwanted items.”

Cr Brown warned residents against putting chemicals out with the regular rubbish collection where they could explode, ignite, leak or mix with other chemicals. She also cautioned against pouring them down the drain where they could pollute waterways, harming animals and vegetation, contaminating the drinking water supply and making rivers and beaches unsafe for swimming.

“The good news is you can reduce the risk of poisoning, environmental pollution and bushfire hazards, as well as improve recycling rates, by dropping off unwanted chemicals at Wonthaggi’s Detox your Home mobile collection,” Cr Brown said.

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

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.

 Residents can drop off the following items:

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Aerosol cans
  • Anti-freeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Car body filler
  • Car wax
  • Solvents
  • Cleaners - ammonia based
  • Cooking oil
  • Coolant
  • Detergents, disinfectants and drain cleaners
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fuels - petrol, diesel, kerosene, other
  • Fertiliser
  • Floor-care products and waxes
  • 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
  • Wood preservatives and finishes (oils and varnish)
  • Transmission fluid

Please note, paint is not accepted as part of the Detox Your Home event, but is accepted at the Wonthaggi Transfer Station all year round.

For more information visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome, call 1800 353 233 or contact Council’s Waste Services Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.