Detox takes tonnes of dangerous chemicals out of circulation in March


05 April 2018

Chemical cans for disposal

Another 14+ tonnes of dangerous chemicals out of circulation from Brimbank, Kingston and Manningham

Getting dangerous chemicals out of Victorian homes has continued over March with nearly 14.5 tonnes collected through Sustainability Victoria’s long-running Detox Your Home campaign.

In the City of Brimbank 2,350kg was collected, and in Kingston 3,309kg was handed in.

Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said the City of Manningham’s collection was the biggest in March with 8,829 kg of chemicals collected.

“Dangerous material from around 500 households was brought in on an extremely wet Melbourne Saturday. Just over half had not been to a Detox Your Home event before.

“Despite torrential rain from when the collection began at 8am until about 2.30pm, we’re very grateful that most people who registered still came to drop off their chemicals,” Mr Krpan said.

So far this year, 27.3 tonnes of dangerous chemicals, such as household cleaning products, engine oil, herbicides and pesticides, have been collected at seven locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

In 2017, Victorians handed in more than 69 tonnes of chemicals at Detox Your Home collection sites across the state.

Mr Krpan said Detox Your Home played an important part in preventing material from polluting the environment or causing possible health risks in homes.

“Hanging-on to old and out-of-date chemicals is dangerous for children and pets, packaging can be damaged or fail and create dangers to your property, neighbours and the wider community.”

“People are sitting on an incredible amount of chemicals. Disposing of them via ‘Detox Your Home’ means they’ll be disposed of or recycled in the most appropriate way,” Mr Krpan said.

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.

Upcoming Detox Your Home events:

  • Melton - 14 April
  • Pakenham - 21 April
  • Wantirna South - 5 May
  • Daylesford (new) - 12 May
  • Wangaratta - 12 May
  • Altona - 19 May
  • Swan Hill - 26 May
  • Seymour (new) - 2 June
  • Dandenong - 16 June

Visit Detox Your Home locations and registration for more information.

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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 use resources wisely.