Before attending a Detox Your Home event it is important that you check which toxic household chemicals are accepted at these events.
Products you find around your home labelled with the following symbols will also be accepted:
2 Includes gas canisters / aerosols. Empty cans can be placed in your household recycling bin
4 Medicines can be disposed of safely at your local pharmacy via the Returned Unused Medicines (RUM) project
There is no limit on the volume of materials you drop-off, however the maximum acceptable weight or size of any single container is 20 kilograms or 20 litres. Decanting is not permitted so bring chemicals in disposal containers.
You can drop medicines for free at your local pharmacy through the Returned Unwanted Medicines (RUM) project. Your pharmacist will put your medicines in a secure bin for collection and safe disposal.
Ammunition – call 1800 136 089 for WorkSafe Victoria to pick up your ammunition.
Asbestos – call EPA on 1300 372 842 for advice
Batteries – take batteries to your local Aldi, Officeworks, Bunnings or Batteryworld store or drop them off at a permanent drop-off site
Chemicals used by businesses for industrial and commercial purposes
You can check the Yellow Pages under 'waste reduction and disposal services' for chemical disposal companies or visit either of the sites below.
Chemicals used on the Farm – Visit the ChemClear website or freecall 1800 008 182 for collection of unwanted rural chemicals
Fluorescent lights – take fluorescent lights to a permanent drop-off site
Gas cylinders – some council transfer stations offer gas cylinder recycling.
Medical Waste – Visit the EPA webiste for advice.
Paint – take paint to a permanent drop-off site or visit Paintback to find your nearest drop-off site.
Printer cartridges – can be recycled through the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program.
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