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Drop off batteries, lights and paint for free
Council's Senior Waste Management Officer David Soutar at the new Detox drop-off site.

Drop off batteries, lights and paint for free

Household paint, batteries and fluorescent light tubes and globes can now be dropped off at the Swan Hill Landfill for free. The new Detox drop-off site opened on the weekend.

Mayor Michael Adamson said the new site was part of Council’s ongoing commitment to increase recycling levels and to encourage the safe disposal of dangerous household waste.

“The products collected through this service will be recycled for recovery, and importantly will be diverted from landfill,” Cr Adamson said.

“It gives residents a safe way to dispose of household paint, batteries and fluorescent tubes and globes – all products that can pollute the environment, and potentially harm children and pets,” he said.

“We encourage residents not to pour paint down the drain, or put these products out with their normal rubbish collection – instead take them to the Swan Hill landfill where you can safely dispose of them for free.”

The new drop-off site will complement the annual Detox Your Home mobile collection, which gives residents the chance to dispose of dangerous household chemicals. At the latest collection in Swan Hill on Saturday, 134kg of chemical waste was diverted from the landfill for safe disposal. There will be another mobile collection in June 2016.

The permanent Detox site will also complement a new recycling transfer station that Council plans to build at the landfill next financial year.

Permanent and mobile Detox sites are free services for all Victorian householders, which are administered by Sustainability Victoria and local councils, and are funded by the Victorian landfill levy. The permanent Swan Hill site is one of 18 new sites the State Government is setting up.