'Detox Your Home' From Hazardous Household Chemicals

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, 5 April from 8.00am to 12.00pm and Council, in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, 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,” Council Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, 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 Rankine warned residents against putting chemicals out with the regular rubbish collection where they could explode, ignite, leak or mix with other chemicals. He 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 Rankine said.

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

The site address will be provided upon registration. Residents can choose their preferred time slot by registering online at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxmobile or by calling 1800 353 233. Registration is required to manage the traffic flow and avoid queues on the day, which means residents can get in and out quickly.

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 & alkalis

  • Aerosols

  • Anti-freeze 

  • Batteries (all household varieties)
  • Brake fluid

  • Car body filler

  • Car wax

  • Cleaners - ammonia based

  • Cooking oil

  • Coolant

  • Detergents, disinfectants & drain cleaners

  • Fertiliser 

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Fluorescent lights
  • Floor-care products & waxes

  • Fuels - petrol, diesel, kerosene, other

  • Glues - water-based & solvents

  • Herbicides & weed killers

  • Insect spray/pesticides 

  • Nail polish & remover 

  • Oven cleaner

  • Paint
  • Paint stripper, thinner & turps 

  • Pool chemicals 

  • Rat poison 

  • Solvents 

  • Transmission fluid 

  • Wood preservatives & finishes (oils & varnish)

The following items are not accepted:

  • Ammunition or firearms
  • Asbestos
  • Car batteries
  • Chemicals used by businesses
  • Farm chemicals
  • Gas bottles
  • Motor oil

Until end of June 2014, residents can also bring paint, household batteries and fluorescent lights to the closest Detox your Home collection. From July 2014, these items will no longer be accepted through Detox your Home collections and can be disposed of throughout the year at a permanent Victorian drop-off site. The nearest Victorian drop-off site is located at:

La Trobe - Morwell Transfer Station, Porters Street (VicRoads 340 H2), Morwell

A new site is opening soon in Wonthaggi.

For more information visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome, call 1800 353 233 or contact Council on 1300BCOAST (226 278).