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Safe handling of toxic chemicals

Detail of a label, depicting a skull and cross-bones, on a bottle of toxic fluid

There are a number of safety precautions to observe when handling and transporting chemicals, including:

  • Travel with your car windows down if carrying flammable or odorous materials
  • Keep chemicals in their original containers. Ensure lids are tightly fitted
  • Protect taps on drums so that the tap does not break off
  • Place containers of liquids in a tray or plastic bucket so that they do not spill or fall
  • Pack powders and solids securely   
  • Keep corrosive chemicals, such as battery acid, away from poisons
  • Keep oxidising agents, such as peroxide, away from all other materials
  • Double-wrap old liquid containers in plastic bags to prevent leaking.

No car?

If you don’t own a car you might like to organise a group drop-off with friends, families and neighbours. With one car, or better still a trailer, you can collectively dispose of toxic household chemicals, making your homes safer, keeping waterways cleaner and minimising environmental pollution.

How much can I drop off at a Detox event?

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.