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Another 3+ tonnes of dangerous chemicals out of circulation in April

04 May 2018

Chemical cans for disposal

Residents of Melton and Cardinia Shire have done their bit for the environment in April and handed in 3.3 tonnes of dangerous chemicals for safe disposal.

Sustainability Victoria’s Detox Your Home collection at Pakenham yielded 1.97 tonnes of household, shed and garage chemicals while 1.32 tonnes was collected at Melton.

Since the start of the year, 30.6 tonnes of chemicals have been collected from nine sites, with the biggest being 8.8 tonnes in the City of Manningham. More than 69 tonnes of chemicals were handed-in through the program, and run with the support of councils across Victoria, last year.

Collections in May and June will be at:

  • Wantirna South - 5 May
  • Daylesford - 12 May
  • Wangaratta - 12 May
  • Altona - 9 May
  • Swan Hill - 26 May
  • Seymour - 2 June
  • Dandenong -16 June

Occupational Health and Safety professional Sharann Johnson who lives on the Mornington Peninsula used the Detox Your Home program.

“Detox Your Home is a great program that helps you remove old chemicals and reduce hazards in your home to protect both your family and the environment.

“While homes don’t have the same quantities of chemicals that a business might, most have a wide range of products which can be flammable or aggressively corrosive or toxic like garden insecticides.

“There can be serious consequences if there’s a fire, spill or if they’re accidentally handled by children, and they can harm the environment if tipped down the drain or on the ground.”

Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, said Detox Your Home collection showed that people were sitting on an incredible amount of chemicals and that disposing of them through the program meant they’d be disposed of, or recycled, in the most appropriate way.”

There are restrictions on the types and volumes of materials that can be taken to Detox Your Home events. If you don’t know what to do with old chemicals, batteries, fluorescent tubes, paint and other dangerous goods contact your local council or Sustainability Victoria.

“You don’t have to live in a municipality in which a Detox Your Home Collection is being held, however bookings are essential for some sites,” said Mr Krpan.

Media enquiries

Hannah Grant
E: Hannah.grant@sustainability.vic.gov.au
P: 03 8626 8737
M: 0437 343 121
W: www.sustainability.vic.gov.au

About Sustainability Victoria

Established under the Sustainability Victoria Act 2005, Sustainability Victoria is a statutory authority that facilitates and promotes environmental sustainability in the use of resources. Sustainability Victoria provides practical ideas and advice to act on climate change and use resources wisely.