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Ditch your chemicals with Detox Your Home

Ditch your chemicals with Detox Your Home

Local residents are being urged to ‘Detox Your Home’ – a free and easy-to-use service to dispose of household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

The household chemical collection service is coming to the Swan Hill Council Depot on Saturday, 4 June between 10am and 1pm.

Swan Hill Rural City Council, in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, is encouraging residents to take the chance to get rid of unwanted, and potentially dangerous, items like pesticides, detergents and weed killers.

Council’s Acting Director Infrastructure Rosanne Kava said household chemicals could be dangerous and this program was a safe way to dispose of them.

“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,” she said.

Ms Kava warned residents against putting chemicals out with the regular rubbish collection where they could explode, ignite or mix with other chemicals. She also cautioned against pouring them down the drain, where they could pollute waterways, harming animals and vegetation, and contaminating drinking water.

The Detox Your Home collection will be held on 4 June at 56 Saleyards Road, Swan Hill. Simply turn up with your unwanted chemicals – no need to book.

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.

For more information visit http://sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome, call 1300 363 744 or contact Council’s Waste Management Unit on 5036 2401.

List of accepted items

Residents can drop off the following items:

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

You can bring as many of the above items as you like, as long as each container is less than 20 litres or 20 kilograms. However, please note that decanting isn’t permitted, so bring chemicals in disposal containers.

The following items are not accepted:

  • Ammunition or firearms
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries – car and household
  • Chemicals used by businesses
  • Compact fluorescent lamps
  • Farm chemicals
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Gas bottles
  • Motor oil
  • Paint

For information on where to dispose of the above items, visit sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome, or contact Council.